Venues across NSW can take advantage of a measure that has been introduced to enable a more diverse night-time environment:
Free small bar licence conversion
An extension has been given to licensees who hold either an on-premises or hotel (general bar licence) that was in force before 1 September 2018. These licensees can apply free of charge to convert their licence to a small bar licence until 29 February 2020.
Small bar licences:
The opportunity to convert is available at no cost until 29 February 2020. Applications for conversions are only available for hotel (general bar) and on-premises licences, other licences are not eligible.
Conversions cannot be reversed and existing licences will be cancelled when a small bar conversion is approved. On-premises licence holders wishing to convert to a small bar licence must obtain development consent that permits the premises to be operated as a small bar.
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