Have your say on late night trade in Sydney

- January 31, 2019 2 MIN READ

City of Sydney is calling for businesses and community members to have their say on proposed changes to the city’s late-night trade.

Proposed changes include increased hours for low impact venues in the city, new late night trading areas in the city precincts, such as Barangaroo and Green Square and extending trading hours in existing areas such as Chippendale and Surry Hills, where previous planning controls are in place.

The council also hopes to focus on revitalising the city by increasing the trading hours of performance, cultural and unlicensed premises in the city precincts.

The proposed changes are shown in the draft development control map and late-night trading plan.

The 5 key changes proposed are outlined below:

  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 the 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
    1. Allow unlicensed shops and business, such as bookshops, clothing stores, dry cleaners and hairdressers to trade up to 24 hours in city living or late night management areas and up to 2am in local centres.
    2. 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.
    3. Allow venues that host performance 1 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.

The development control plan identifies the maximum trading hours for a business depending on its type and location. The development control plan promotes continued good management of late-night trading businesses through ongoing trial periods.

The draft development control plan late-night trading 2018 includes:

  • definitions of late-night trading activities referred to in the provisions
  • objectives for late-night trading in the city
  • matters Council will consider when assessing applications for late-night trading businesses
  • rules about trading hours and trial periods, including the hours for different areas and business types
  • rules about increased trading hours for late opening shops and businesses
  • rules that allow additional trading hours for hosting performance
  • plan of management requirements
  • a description of late-night trading areas
  • maps of late-night trading areas. 

You can view the draft planning controls and provide your feedback by completing the online form by 5pm on Friday 8 February 2019.

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