Have Your Say on Some of the Biggest Proposed Changes to Red Tape and City Planning in A Decade

The City of Sydney are seeking feedback on the proposed changes to their late-night trading regulations. These changes are all about cutting red tape to make it easier for businesses to stay open longer and for more cultural activity to take place late at night. We encourage you to have your say in the short online form by 5pm on Friday 8 February 2019.


The City of Sydney Council’s draft late-night trading planning controls are on public exhibition and include some of the biggest changes to red tape and city planning in a decade. Council is seeking community feedback and it is important that we let council know how the changes will affect our sector.

 Your feedback should consider a response to one or more of the following questions. If the planning controls (outlined below) were endorsed by Council:

1.     Are the boundaries and hours in your area appropriate? (map below)

2.     How would your business take advantage of the changes?

3.     How will the changes work to support your sector moving forward?

4.     Would the changes encourage you to trade later? 

5.     Would you program more live music, performance and other creative activities?

6.     Is there anything missing?


The changes are easily viewed on this one page draft development control plan map, and you can view the detailed draft planning controls before providing your feedback in the short online form by 5pm on Friday 8 February 2019. If you can’t do it now, I encourage you to put a reminder in your calendar for a few days before the exhibition closes.


Key changes that will affect our sector includes:

1.       A 24-hour city centre – extend the late night management area along George Street across the city centre and increase maximum trading hours from 5am to up to 24 hours.

2.       Increase hours for low impact venues in local centres – align the controls with NSW Government rules and allow lower impact venues, including small bars, to trade until 2am. This will apply to venues where entry is on a main street and not in a residential laneway or area.

3.       New areas for new communities – identify late-night trading areas in suitable urban renewal precincts. These include Barangaroo, Walsh Bay, Green Square town centre, Danks Street, East Village shopping centre and an arts focused industrial heritage warehouse area in Alexandria. 

4.       Extend existing areas – recognise venues in Chippendale, Redfern, Surry Hills and Lankelly Place in Potts Point, which have emerged since the planning controls were reviewed in 2007. 

5.       Encourage performance, culture and unlicensed businesses –

a.       Allow unlicensed shops and business, such as bookshops, clothing stores, drycleaners and hairdressers to trade up to 24 hours in city living or late night management areas and up to 2am in local centres.

b.      Describe dedicated performance venues, such as theatres, concert halls and cinemas with up to 250 patrons, as lower risk premises and allow these venues an additional trading hour at closing time.

c.       Allow venues that host performance one additional trading hour at closing time on the night of the performance. 

Other changes include providing guidance on appropriate trading hours for low impact venues outside of the precincts, consolidating plan of management requirements and earlier start times for morning service at pubs, bars or cafes.

Further information on the draft planning controls is available at cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/council/your-say.

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