A liquor licence freeze applies in the Kings Cross (PDF, 267KB) and Sydney CBD Entertainment (PDF, 1.4MB) precincts until 1 June 2019.
While the freeze is in place, liquor licences cannot be granted for:
It also prevents these licence types from being moved from premises outside the precincts to new locations in the CBD and Kings Cross.
The freeze prevents the grant of a related development consent by the City of Sydney.
The freeze also restricts the granting of some related licence authorisations and changes to licence conditions. In particular, permanent extensions to trading hours and increases to patron capacity are typically not possible.
The freeze does not prevent the grant of:
In most cases it is also possible for applications to be considered to vary the above licences, extend trading hours, or expand their licensed boundaries and overall patron capacity.
A licensed public entertainment venue, under the NSW liquor laws, includes premises that operate under an on-premises liquor licence where the venue's primary purpose is public entertainment rather than the sale or supply of alcohol.
Due to a special exemption, an on-premises licence can be granted for this type of venue in limited circumstances where it will regularly provide:
Existing licensed public entertainment venues that meet either of the above criteria are also exempt from the freeze and may seek to vary their licensing arrangements.
If you are intending to rely on this special exemption, you must be able to demonstrate your venue meets the criteria as part of your application. If not, the freeze provisions will still apply.
You should include relevant evidence and information in support, such as:
In some cases, you may also be asked to provide further supporting information after lodging your application.
Standard community consultation requirements apply. For new licences or extended trading hours, you will need to consult with the community about the impacts of your proposal, including benefits and costs, and document the results as part of your application. This typically occurs as part of completing a Category B Community Impact Statement.
This helps to inform decision makers on the merits of the proposal, who must also be satisfied the overall social impact will not be detrimental to the wellbeing of the local or broader community.