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Stretches from:

  • Ward Avenue in the east to Victoria Street in the west
  • Manning Street in the north to Kings Cross Road in the south.

Special licence conditions for certain Kings Cross Venues

Note: the following conditions must be read in conjunction with the common special conditions in Prescribed Precincts.

Conditions applying to higher risk venues in Kings Cross

‘Lock out’ of new patrons at 1.30am and last drinks at 3.00am

Most venues in the Kings Cross precincts are not allowed to admit patrons after 1.30am each day of the week, until 5.00am or the authorised opening time, whichever is later.

Patrons on the premises before 1.30am may remain on the premises until close of business, or leave at any time, but they cannot leave and re-enter after 1.30am.

Small bar licensees are able to trade until 2.00am if their development consent allows.

Venues must also cease liquor sale or supply at 3.00am. If a venue is authorised to trade past 3am, the venue may remain open for other purposes, but must not sell or supply liquor. Known as ‘last drinks’, this measure means alcoholic drinks must not be served after 3.00am.

Live entertainment venues in Kings Cross can apply for later 2.00am lockout and/or 3.30am last drinks times (see below).

A ban on high strength drinks and shots from midnight up to 7am

During the late trading period all venues, except small bars, must not serve:

  • any drinks that are designed to be consumed rapidly e.g. shots or shooters
  • any drinks containing more than 50% spirits or liqueur
  • any ready-to-drink beverages with more than 5% alcohol - these are drinks prepared by a manufacturer
  • any drinks prepared by the venue that contains more than 30ml of spirits or liqueur.

The above does not prevent the sale or supply of cocktails, if the cocktail:

  • is included on a publicly displayed cocktail list prepared by the licensee, which itemises the cocktail and the price
  • is not designed to be consumed rapidly.

Between midnight and 3.30am, cocktails must not be discounted below the amount specified on the cocktail list.

Glasses prohibited during late trading period on any day

A drink, alcoholic or not, may not be sold or supplied for consumption on the premises in a glass after midnight until closing on any day of the week. For 24 hour trading premises, this restriction applies between midnight and 7.00am on any day of the week.

The term glass includes any drinking vessel, or container – such as a bottle or jug, that is made wholly or principally of glass. During these periods, all glass must also be removed from patrons and from public areas of the premises.

Venues which must meet this requirement typically include:

  • hotels (including general bars)
  • club premises
  • public entertainment venues (other than a cinemas)
  • karaoke bars
  • restaurants with a primary service authorisation.

RSA marshal

At least one clearly-identified RSA marshal must be on duty from midnight – 3.30am every Friday and Saturday night and public holiday eve and night.

Late trading venues that must meet this requirement typically include:

  • hotels (including general bars)
  • registered clubs
  • public entertainment venues including theatres
  • karaoke bars
  • restaurants with a primary service authorisation.

Find out more about RSA marshals.

ID Scanners

Certain venues must operate an ID Scanner from 10pm until lockout on Friday and Saturday nights, and on any public holiday night or night before a public holiday.

All staff operating the scanners, as well as the licensee, must have completed Privacy training. Penalties apply to staff and licensees where the training has not been completed.

A venue is required to refuse a person entry as a patron if the person:

  • refuses to produce a photo ID for scanning
  • is subject to a temporary or long-term banning order.

Venues using ID scanners, with access to information about venue-initiated patron bans shared via the Kings Cross scanner ID network, can also choose to refuse entry to patrons who have been banned from other venues.

This ensures these venues can make informed decisions about who they admit, and prevent known troublemakers from entering their premises.

It is an offence for a person to provide an ID that falsely represents that person. Penalties of up to $5,500 and on-the-spot fines of $500 will apply to a person using a fraudulent ID.

Find out more about ID Scanners and Privacy training.

Read about the Kings Cross Approved ID Scanner Requirements (PDF 1.2 MB)

CCTV systems to be maintained on the premises

A closed-circuit television (CCTV) system must be maintained. The CCTV system must comply with the following requirements:

  • it must record continuously from opening time until one hour after closing – or continuously in the case of 24 hour trading venues
  • it must record in digital format at a minimum of six frames per second. From 1 September 2020, the minimum frame rate will increase to 10 frames per second
  • any recorded image must specify the time and date of the image
  • the system’s cameras must cover:
    • all entry and exit points of the premises
    • the footpath immediately adjacent to the premises
    • all publicly accessible areas (other than toilets) on the premises.

The licensee must:

  • keep all CCTV recordings for at least 30 days
  • ensure the system is accessible by at least one staff member at all times it is operating
  • provide any recordings to police or a liquor inspector within 24 hours of being requested.

Venues which must maintain a CCTV system include:

  • hotels (including general bars)
  • registered clubs
  • public entertainment venues (other than a cinema)
  • karaoke bars
  • restaurants with a primary service authorisation that trades after midnight on any day of the week
  • premises that are the subject of a declaration under clause 95(4) of the Liquor Regulation 2018.

It is noted that many of the special licence conditions for Kings Cross originated from the Kings Cross Precinct Plan of Management, implemented in 2012.

Later lockout / last drinks for live entertainment venues with exemption

Live entertainment venues in Kings Cross can apply for later 2.00am lockout and/or 3.30am last drinks times.

As part of the application process, venues must show they genuinely have a market orientation towards live performances, the arts and cultural events and endeavours.

Venues with an approved extension can admit patrons until 2.00am and/or serve alcohol until 3.30am where they provide live entertainment after midnight.

Live entertainment includes:

  • events where people are engaged to perform live or pre-recorded music, and
  • other performances where performers (or at least some of them) are present in person – for example, theatre, musicals, dance, comedy and variety performances.

A non-refundable fee of $250 applies to all applications. Apply now: Live entertainment exemption application form  (PDF 967.8 KB).

Venues that primarily provide adult entertainment or operate solely as nightclubs are not eligible to apply for the extension.