In September 2016, the NSW Government released a review on the liquor laws that applied to small bars. The review was required by legislation and invited feedback from a wide range of stakeholders, including the liquor industry, local councils, police, business groups and the wider community.
Review of Small Bars Legislation Report (PDF, 1,9MB),
On 8 December 2016 the NSW Government announced changes to the state's liquor laws to create more diverse and vibrant night-time entertainment options. One of these measures is to encourage greater diversity through small bars by increasing the patron capacity from 60 to 100, and providing automatic extended trading to 2am for small bars in the CBD and Kings Cross (subject to council approval). Read more about the changes to small bars here.
Background to review
The small bar liquor licence was introduced on 1 July 2013. Its purpose was to encourage investment in smaller, lower risk licensed premises, provide clarity about what a small bar constitutes, and help reduce alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour that can be associated with some larger venues.
The review examined whether these policy objectives remained valid, and if the features and conditions of the small bar liquor licence remained appropriate for securing these objectives. The review considered the appropriateness of small bar licence requirements, factors affecting the uptake of this licence category, and positive and negative impacts of the small bars legislation.
An Information Paper provided additional background about the review.
Stakeholders were invited to lodge a public submission by Friday 15 July 2016 and complete a survey to give their feedback on the issues being considered by the review.
The following submissions were received: