The NSW Government is running a pop-up licence trial in the following four local government areas:
The introduction of the pop-up licence is intended to support established industry, entrepreneurs, creatives and other businesses to operate small-scale pop-up bars and events, such as pop-up restaurants and pop-up arts shows.
These types of low-risk licensed activities can enliven key areas by attracting visitors to under-utilised areas and providing unique or out of the ordinary experiences.
Liquor & Gaming NSW plans to evaluate the trial in 2020 in consultation with key stakeholders, including relevant councils, local industry and police.
Read: Trial of a pop-up licence for pop-up bars and pop-up events Fact Sheet (PDF 173 KB)
Download maps of the four LGAs
Your application can take longer to review if we don’t have all the details we need to assess it. We will come back to you to obtain the missing information to progress your application. You can help us speed up the process by:
The information below will help you to prepare your application and gather all the necessary supporting materials for your licence.
Download the application form: APP100 Pop-up bar or Pop-up event application form (PDF, 546KB)
A pop-up bar is a bar operation where the sale/supply of liquor by retail for consumption on the premises is the primary activity.
A pop-up event is where the sale/supply of liquor by retail for consumption on the premises is ancillary to an event.
To qualify for this licence type, you must provide evidence of why a pop-up licence, and not another type of licence, is appropriate for the sale or supply of liquor for your proposed event.
A range of factors are considered as part of the assessment process, and every application is assessed on its individual merits.
Some or all of the following factors will be relevant:
You must show how your pop-up will have a significant benefit on the community, either socially or economically through:
In showing these benefits, you can consider how your pop-up:
The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority and/or it’s delegates may impose standard conditions on a liquor licence.
It is recommended you use the Standard Conditions form (PDF 689.6 KB) to discuss the conditions with NSW Police prior to lodging your application.
Lodging this form with your liquor licence application will reduce the processing time.
In your application, you will also need to provide:
You must be 18 years or older and authorised to lodge this licence application.
Download complete the pop-up licence application form (PDF 972.5 KB).
1. Lodge a notice
Immediately before submitting your application, or within two working days, lodge the notice that is part of the application form, and a copy of the application, to:
2. Complete the application
Include the notification in step 1 with your application.
3. Lodge your application with us
Once you’ve completed all sections of your application, you can lodge your application with us in one of three ways:
Next stepsOnce your application is lodged, we will advertise it on the Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard for 14 days so that the community may provide comment on the application.
Use our online feedback form to send us your questions, suggestions or feedback. You can also:
Call: 1300 024 720 | Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
Access the Liquor Act 2007 and the Liquor Regulation 2018 at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au