Environment and Food Production Areas

Subdivision applications close on 31 March 2019

The Environment and Food Production Areas (EFPAs) were introduced through the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 on 1 April 2016 to protect areas of rural, landscape, environmental or food production significance within the Greater Adelaide region from urban encroachment.

While subdivision for residential purposes is prevented within EFPAs, a transitional period allowed for the assessment of land division applications proposing the creation of one or more additional allotments. This transition period ends on 31 March 2019.

The EFPAs do not affect the development of new buildings or structures, only subdivision. Applications for these proposals can continue to be lodged with council, and will be assessed against the policies set out in the local Development Plan.

What does it mean for me and my land if I am within an EFPA?

  • You are unaffected unless you propose to subdivide your land for residential purposes.
  • If you plan to subdivide your land for residential purposes, you have until 31 March 2019 to lodge a development application with your local council.
  • Applications for land division lodged up until 31 March 2019 are still required to adhere to the policies in your local council area set out in the Development Plan.

Should you require further information, please visit the SA Planning Portal website via or contact the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on (08) 71097060