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21 October 2020

Outdoor dining and other initiatives supporting hospitality

The NSW Government has made changes to liquor laws that support more outdoor dining, pop-up bars, events and promotions, and allow micro-breweries to extend their trading times. 

This is part of the NSW Government’s 24-hour Economy Strategy to help grow a vibrant, diverse and safe 24-hour economy and support hospitality venues impacted by COVID-19.

Streamlined outdoor dining application trial 

The 12-month trial of a streamlined application process for alfresco dining started in The Rocks on 16 October, with a City of Sydney trial and statewide roll out to follow. The trial started as COVID-19 restrictions were eased for outdoor dining and outdoor music performances. 

Liquor & Gaming NSW is working with Place Management NSW, City of Sydney and NSW Police to approve applications. 

All participating venues need to have an updated COVID-19 safety plan in place and follow the latest Public Health Orders. Venues must record customer contact details, and if taking up the eased COVID-19 restrictions this must be done electronically.

Read more about the Outdoor Dining changes.

Do more with a pop-up bar and event licence

The pop-up licence is now available across NSW for small-scale bars and events. 

This will support existing licensees and entrepreneurs, creatives and other businesses to run a variety of pop-ups such as pop-up bars and restaurants, arts shows, live performances and promotions. 

The licence is now more flexible and can be used for:

  • 12 weeks (increased from 6)
  • outdoor events where licence boundary changes are not available, you can also seek an extension for up to 12 more weeks and later trading hours to address special circumstances such as COVID-19
  • producer / wholesaler licensees, such as micro-breweries and small distilleries, to do tastings at pop-up promotions and sell take-away.

We continue to work with councils to identify ways to streamline approvals to run pop-up bars. 

Read more about the licence and how to apply on our website.

Micro-brewery and small distillery trading extension available

Micro-breweries and small distilleries with a ‘special drink on-premises authorisation’ can now apply to extend their trading hours after midnight, until as late as 2am.  

Read more about the authorisation, the extension and how to apply on our website.

Reminder – extended trading for NRL Grand Final

Trading times for hotels and registered clubs has been extended from 10pm to midnight for the NRL Grand Final, taking place on 25 October 2020.