Freeze conditions for existing pubs, clubs, nightclubs and bottle shops in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD entertainment precincts ended on 1 June 2020.
These venues can apply to vary their licence by extending trading hours and expanding licensed boundaries to increase overall patron capacity.
Kings Cross licensees may also apply to move a licence for relevant premises to the CBD Entertainment precinct if they wish to relocate to that area.
The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) has issued an interim guideline (PDF 1.5 MB) to ensure risks of alcohol-related harm continue to be managed in the precincts.
The interim Guideline details what has changed, eligible locations and other application criteria.
The Guidelines specifies 4 Cumulative Impact Areas with large concentrations of licensed premises and higher levels of alcohol-related violence and/or anti-social behaviour. Applications submitted for relevant premises in these areas must show account for the existing risk profile of the area and how the application meets social impact and harm minimisation criteria in the Guideline.
To apply, please complete and submit the relevant form:
The freeze on new liquor licence applications in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD Entertainment precincts is in place until 1 December 2020.
While the freeze is in place, new liquor licences can’t be granted for:
The freeze also prevents moving licences for the above premises to the CBD and Kings Cross precincts.
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