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Stretches from:

  • parts of Surry Hills, Haymarket and Darlinghurst to the Rocks, and
  • from Kings Cross to Cockle Bay.

Special licence conditions for certain Sydney CBD venues

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

All venues

Last Drinks at 3:30am

Sydney CBD venues must cease liquor sale or supply at 3.30am. If a venue is authorised to trade past 3:30am, 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 3.30am.

Exclusion of persons seen drinking or with open alcohol on approach to the venue

In certain areas, anyone seen drinking an alcoholic beverage or carrying open alcohol on approach to the venue must not be permitted to enter the venue.

This applies if the venue is located in or near an alcohol-free zone (AFZ) or an alcohol prohibited area (APA) under the Local Government Act 1993. For the most up to date information, visit the City of Sydney website.

Designated venues

The Secretary of the NSW Department of Customer Service may declare that a licensed venue is subject to the controls listed below. These controls may only occur where there is a history of violence, or following a violent incident resulting in a serious injury to a person.

Licensees are advised separately if they are required to comply with these conditions;

RSA marshal

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

Find out more about RSA marshals.

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.


Licensed vessels are not permitted to drop people off at or pick people up from the Sydney CBD Entertainment precinct between midnight and 7.00am.

This condition does not apply in relation to the period between midnight and 3.00am on 1 January in any year.

It is noted that many of the special licence conditions for Sydney CBD originated from the Sydney CBD Precinct Plan of Management.