​Sydney CBD Entertainment precinct

This is a defined area in the Sydney CBD where licenced premises face special trading rules designed to make venues, neighbourhoods and transport safer.


The Sydney CBD Entertainment precinct stretches from:

  • Parts of Surry Hills, Haymarket and Darlinghurst to The Rocks
  • From Kings Cross to Cockle Bay.

View a map of the Sydney CBD Entertainment precinct (PDF, 4.5MB).

This area has more than 1,300 licensed venues with particular licensing conditions, such as 1.30am lockouts, 3am last drinks and no glass containers during late trading hours.

Special conditions

Half hour live entertainment exemption
This allows licensees of live entertainment venues to apply for an exemption to the lock out and last drinks conditions t​​hat allows a later lock out time of 2am and last drinks of 3.30am. More information is available on our website​.

We explain the conditions that apply to different types of licensed premises in the FS3046 Special licence conditions for premises in the Sydney CBD fact sheet (PDF, 1.4​MB). This fact sheet is being changed in line with the remake of the Liquor Regulation 2018. Revised versions will be online by the end of September 2018.

CL1011 Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct self-audit checklist​ (PDF, 733KB) can be used to assist venues in the Sy​​dney CBD Entertainment Precinct to comply with obligations under liquor laws

​​Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct Plan of Management

All licenced premises in the Sydney CBD precinct must comply with the Plan of Management for the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct​ (PDF, 1.3MB).

This plan is the combined work of:

  • L&GNSW
  • Transport for NSW
  • NSW Health
  • the City of Sydney
  • Sydney CBD liquor accords
  • major venue and chain owners
  • the Taxi Council.

The plan aims to:

  • reduce alcohol-related violence and bad behaviour in licensed venues
  • manage public spaces
  • promote better transport options. 

Some conditions in the plan apply to all licensed premises in the precinct. Others apply only to certain licence categories.


Exemptions from New Year's Eve lock out

New Year's Eve is unique, so the lock outs on licensed venues across the Sydney CBD precinct does not apply. However, the 3am halt to alcohol service remains.

Exemptions from special conditions

You can get exemptions from special conditions in some circumstances.

Please use this Exemption from a precinct-related special licence condition form (PDF, 403​KB) if you want an exemption from a special condition. 

View a list of the exemptions that have been granted to specified venues in the Sydney CBD entertainment precinct.