​Applications now open for live entertainment venue exemptions to lock out laws

From today, live entertainment venues in Kings Cross and the Sydney CBD entertainment precincts can apply for a later lock out time of 2.00am and last drinks of 3.30am on nights they provide live entertainment after midnight.

Live entertainment includes:

  • ​events where people are engaged to perform live or pre-recorded music, and
  • other performances where performers (or at least some of them) are present in person – for example, theatre, musicals, dance, comedy and variety performances.

Eligible venues will have a proven history of supporting the arts and cultural sector. Adult entertainment venues and nightclubs are not entitled to apply for exemptions.

Exemptions will be granted from 16 January 2017 and a non-refundable fee of $250 applies to all applications.

Licensees and venues seeking more information about the exemption and eligibility criteria can our online enquiry form or phone 1300 024 720.

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