Venues across NSW can take advantage of a measure that has been introduced to create a safer and more vibrant night-time environment:
Free small bar licence conversion
An extension has been given, from 1 September 2018, to licensees who hold either an on-premises or hotel (general bar licence). These licensees can apply free of charge to convert their licence to a small bar licence.
Small bar licences:
The opportunity to convert is available at no cost for 12 months (expiring 31 August 2019). 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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