Most forms of development unless they are specifically excluded under the Development Act & Regulations require a person to lodge an application with Council for Development Approval.

An application for Development Plan Consent is assessed against the Development Plan, which is the policy document administered by Council to ensure development occurs in an orderly manner. The matters considered include for example:

  • the visual impact of the structure on adjoining properties and the street;
  • the safety and convenience of proposed access points;
  • the appropriateness of the intended use in relation to the character of the area and its zoning; and
  • the intensity of developments and the amount of open area.

An application for building consent is assessed against the technical requirements of the Building Code of Australia and other relevant standards to ensure the structural sufficiency, fire safety, health and amenity of the structures are maintained.

To view the Development Application Form please Click Here

To view the 2016 Development Applications Register Click Here


To View the Guides for Development Applications please click on below links

Guide for Minor Domestic Structures

Guide for Industrial/Commercial/Retail Development

Guide for home based businesses

District Council of Franklin Harbour Development Plan


Cowell is situated on Franklin Harbour approximately halfway between Port Augusta and Port Lincoln, it is an ideal place for visitors to break a long journey or to take a holiday and enjoy the pleasant climate and relaxed life style. One of the safest and best fishing areas in South Australia, Franklin Harbour is a land-locked bay with a narrow entrance through which boats have access to the harbour's calm waters.

Council Office

6 Main Street


Monday to Friday

9.00am - 5.00pm

Closed Public Holidays

PO Box 71


Visitor Information Centre

The Franklin Harbour Institute

8 Main Street



After Hours Emergency Contact: 0428 292 019 (not monitored during office hours)