​Kings Cross precinct

    This is a defined area in Kings Cross where licensed premises face special trading rules designed to make venues, neighbourhoods and transport safer.


    The Kings Cross precinct stretches from:

    • Ward Avenue in the east to Victoria Street in the west

    • Manning Street in the north to Kings Cross Road in the south.

    View a map of the Kings Cross precinct (PDF, 267KB).

    ​This area includes approximately 100 venues with special licence conditions, such as 1.30am lockouts, ID scanners and no glass containers during late trading hours.

    Special licence 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 that allow 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 FS3045 Special licence conditions for premises in Kings Cross fact sheet​ (PDF, 473KB).​​ 

    CL1013 Kings Cross Precinct self-audit checklist​ (PDF, 769KB) can be used to assist venues in the Kings Cross P​recinct to comply with obligations under liquor laws.

    ​Kings Cross Precinct Plan of Management

    All licensed premises in the Kings Cross precinct must comply with the Plan of Management for the Kings Cros​s Precinct. Conditions from the Kings Cross Plan of Management are reflected in the FS3045 Special licence conditions for premises in Kings Cross fact sheet (PDF, 473KB).   

    The following organisations help to implement the plan:

    • L&GNSW

    • Transport for NSW

    • NSW Health

    • NSW Police

    • the City of Sydney

    • Kings Cross liquor accord

    • 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.


    Exemptions from New Year's Eve lock out

    New Year's Eve is unique, so the lock outs on licensed venues across the Kings Cross 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 (PDF, 403KB) if you want an exemption from a special condition. 

    View a list of the exemptions that have been granted to specified venues in the Kings Cross precinct.

    Exemptions from ID scanners

    It is also possible to get exemptions from ID scanners.

    Please use this AM0899 Exemption from Kings Cross Patron ID scanning requirements form (PDF, 836​KB) if you want an exemption from having to install an ID scanner. ​

    Alcohol Sales Data forms

    The requirement for Kings Cross venues to provide retail alcohol sales data to L&GNSW no longer applies. These forms have therefore been removed.