A liquor licence freeze applies in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD Entertainment precincts until 1 June 2020.
While the freeze is in place, liquor licences cannot be granted for:
The freeze does not prevent the grant of:
In most cases it is also possible for applications to be considered to vary the above licences:
A licensed public entertainment venue, under the NSW liquor laws, includes premises that operate under an on-premises liquor licence. The venue's primary purpose is public entertainment rather than the sale or supply of alcohol.
Due to a special exemption, an on-premises licence can be granted for this type of venue in limited circumstances where it will regularly provide:
Existing licensed public entertainment venues that meet either of the above criteria are also exempt from the freeze and may seek to vary their licence conditions.
To access this exemption, you must be able to demonstrate your venue meets either of the criteria as part of your application. If not, the freeze provisions will still apply.
Along with your application, submit relevant supporting evidence and information, including:
In some cases, you may also be asked to provide additional supporting information after lodging your application.
Standard community consultation requirements apply. For new licences or extended trading hours, you will need to consult with the community about the impacts of your proposal. You’ll need to include benefits and costs, and document the results as part of your application.
This typically occurs as part of completing a Category B Community Impact Statement.
A CIS helps to inform decision makers on the merits of your proposal, and also satisfies the question whether the overall social impact will not be detrimental to the wellbeing of the local or broader community.
Read more about preparing a Community Impact Statement