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Liquor licence freeze

A liquor licence freeze applies in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD Entertainment precincts until 1 June 2020.

During the freeze

While the freeze is in place, liquor licences cannot be granted for:

  • hotels and general bars
  • registered clubs
  • packaged liquor outlets - for example, liquor stores or bottle shops
  • many public entertainment venues - for example, traditional nightclubs that have a regular focus on providing pre-recorded music and a range of DJ entertainment.

The freeze:

  • prevents the above licence types from being moved from premises outside the precincts to new locations in the CBD and Kings Cross
  • prevents the grant of a related development consent by the City of Sydney
  • restricts the granting of some related licence authorisations and changes to licence conditions. In particular, permanent extensions to trading hours and increases to patron capacity are typically not possible.

Licences not affected by the freeze

The freeze does not prevent the grant of:

  • small bar licences
  • producer/wholesaler licences
  • on-premises licences for:
    • public entertainment venues that regularly provide live music entertainment - other than pre-recorded music - as well as multi-functional venues that regularly combine the live music with visual or performance arts, or other cultural events
    • public entertainment venues that are cinemas and theatres
    • restaurants, cafés, and caterers

In most cases it is also possible for applications to be considered to vary the above licences:

  • extend trading hours
  • expand their licensed boundaries
  • increase overall patron capacity.