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Making it easier to run a night-time business

Cutting red tape to make it cheaper, faster and easier to set up and run a night-time business.

Easier liquor licensing application process

Two web-based tools have been launched that make applying for a liquor licence easier. A new licence selector tool helps businesses find the most appropriate liquor licence type for a business or event. A new liquor licence application form streamlines the application process, improves data accuracy and validates information already held on the licensing system. The new web-based form makes it easier to apply for and manage a liquor licence online.

The licence selector tool and new form, together with more information about these initiatives, can be found on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website.

Alignment of planning and liquor licensing approvals processes

Work is underway to ensure the NSW regulatory environment is supportive of a vibrant and diverse night-time economy.

To support this, an expert advisory panel will be established to advise NSW Government of better ways to integrate liquor and planning approvals. The panel will look at opportunities to remove duplication, reduce red tape and to make it easier to start and grow licensed businesses in NSW.

How do I find out more?

Information will be released on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website.

Trial of new licence type for pop-up bars and events

Work is underway to trial a new licence for pop-up bars and events that will support the activation or revitalisation of local places and spaces in designated precincts, and help to diversify the social-cultural and business offerings in the night-time economy.

A new licence category could support entrepreneurs, creatives and other businesses to operate small-scale pop-up bars and events, such as pop-up restaurants and art shows. These types of low-risk licensed activities can enliven key areas by attracting visitors into underutilised areas and providing unique or out-of-the-ordinary experiences.

Liquor & Gaming NSW will work with relevant councils to determine if a single planning and liquor approval process can be implemented for this licence type.

How do I find out more?

Information will be released on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website.

Trial micro-breweries licensing

A new licensing option for micro-breweries and small distilleries is being trialled in Sydney’s Inner West for 12 months. The trial started on 1 September 2018.

The special licence trial allows beer, cider and spirit producers with a producer/wholesaler licence to sell their own products to the public for on-premises consumption like a bar. This is subject to special conditions including a 100-patron limit and requirement to ensure food is available. Producers with this special licence are no longer confined to serving ‘tastings’ only.

The aim of the trial is to establish a statewide licensing option suited to the micro-brewery and small distillery model, which makes it easier for these businesses to start up and trade.

Find out more about the trial

Making it easier to open a café or restaurant

The NSW Government has already implemented licensing improvements and red tape reductions making it easier for restaurants and cafés to start-up and operate across NSW.

Visit the Service NSW website to learn more.

Opening a café or restaurant and obtaining a liquor licence has never been easier with eligible businesses able to trade from the day their application is lodged. As at December 2018, 221 applications have been approved to trade via this process.

Night-time Economy Guide

Opening a business in the night-time economy is exciting but navigating the planning and licensing systems can be challenging. The Guide for Establishing and Managing Night-time Economy Uses makes it faster and easier for you to plan and open your business.

The guide takes you step-by-step through the approvals process and shows what you need to consider when lodging a development application and applying for liquor licensing. Common terms are explained and examples of relevant legislation and council policy from across NSW give you the tools you need to best plan for your business.

The Guide for Establishing and Managing Night-time Economy Uses is available online from the Department of Planning and Environment.

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