Share your ideas on Sydney’s late-night hotspots

Share your ideas on Sydney’s late-night hotspots

Sydneysiders are invited to share their ideas on the future of the city’s late-night hotspots, including how late venues should stay open and the areas where they would like to see more night-time options available.

The City of Sydney has started its first review in more than 10 years of the planning controls that determine the locations and trading hours of hotels, bars, clubs, cafés, restaurants and entertainment and music venues.

The review will take into account changes in demographics and demand, and assess how effective the current controls are in minimising and managing the impacts of late-night trading venues on nearby residents and businesses.

It will also consider what changes could be made to support Sydney’s night-time economy following the impacts of the NSW Government’s lockout laws and major urban renewal developments across the city.

This could include creating new late-night trading areas or changing the boundaries and trading hours of existing areas.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the review was designed to ensure the city’s planning controls keep pace with Sydney’s changing night-time economy.

“Our residents and visitors don’t want a city that is unsafe or that shuts down as soon as the sun goes down,” the Lord Mayor said.

“This review is about making sure our planning controls have the balance right. The lockout laws have had a significant impact on Sydney’s nightlife – they were a sledgehammer blow to our economy and night-time trading when what we needed were carefully considered and evidence-based policies.

“We need to make sure that well-managed venues are allowed to trade as part of a safe, sustainable late-night culture, but that we also manage the impacts of venues on their neighbourhoods, particularly as inner Sydney becomes more densely populated.

“The night-time economy is critical to our city’s future – it employs over 32,000 people and is worth $3.64 billion each year. If you’re interested in Sydney’s late-night economy, now is the time to give us your feedback so we can make sure we have the right planning controls.

“This review is part of our ongoing work to find practical ways to boost our night-time culture, promote good management of the businesses that contribute to the night-time economy, and protect our residential areas.”

The late-night trading premises development control plan identifies areas with differing maximum trading hours depending on the location and character of the area. It promotes ongoing good management of premises by requiring that approvals are subject to trial periods.

Different areas in the current control plan include:

  • Late-night management areas – areas with distinct late-night trading characteristics, such as parts of the city centre, Darlinghurst Road in Potts Point, Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, King Street in Newtown and Devonshire Street in Surry Hills. Businesses in these areas currently have the possibility of 24-hour trading.


  • City living areas – areas with pockets of night-time activity, with trading hours depending on proximity to residential premises, such as most of the city centre, William Street in Darlinghurst, and parts of Surry Hills and Broadway. Businesses in these areas currently have the possibility of trading from 7am to 5am the next day.


  • Local centres – areas primarily along local shopping streets and close to residential areas, such as Union Street in Pyrmont, Crown Street in Surry Hills, Redfern Street in Redfern and Glebe Point Road in Glebe. Businesses in these areas currently have the possibility of trading from 8am to midnight.

Premises are also categorised as either ‘high impact’ – licensed premises such as hotels, nightclubs and clubs catering for over 120 patrons – or ‘low impact’ – small bars or licensed restaurants catering for less than 120 patrons.

City of Sydney residents, licensed premises operators, entertainment venue patrons and visitors, advocacy groups and industry, health and government representatives are all encouraged to have their say on the controls. Feedback is invited on the existing categories, areas and trading hours, and where it may be appropriate to extend or contract the boundaries.

The City will hold pop-up consultation sessions, evening street surveys in late-night trading areas, telephone and online surveys, and meetings throughout March. Feedback can also be provided through a mobile phone app. New draft planning controls will be reported to Council and go on exhibition for further feedback in late 2018.

The review is part of the City’s ongoing work to create a vibrant, safe and sustainable night-time economy. Other projects include offering grants to businesses to improve their night-time offerings, getting advice from nightlife experts on a new advisory panel, and cutting red tape for small businesses, live music venues and cultural events.

For more information on the City’s support for the night-time economy, visit

To have your say on late-night trading in Sydney, visit


For media inquiries or images, contact Keeley Irvin

Phone mobile 0448 005 718 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Communications Officer Julia Lenton.

Phone 0410 748 039 or email