On 1 March 2019, a 12-month trial of a new pop-up licence commenced in seven major night-time economy precincts across Sydney.
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 underutilised areas and providing unique or out of the ordinary experiences.
The trial of the pop-up licence will be undertaken and monitored in close consultation with the relevant councils and local industry.
Read: Trial of a pop-up licence for pop-up bars and pop-up events Fact Sheet (PDF 173 KB)
Download maps of the seven night time economy precincts
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 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:
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 545.3 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
Visit: Level 6, 323 Castlereagh Street, Haymarket
Access the Liquor Act 2007 and the Liquor Regulation 2018 at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au