Until 28 February 2019, you can request the removal or variation of outdated or irrelevant conditions on your liquor licence that relate to live music and entertainment.
This measure aims to support the live music and entertainment industries, and enable venues to update their business models to reflect changing community tastes and engage a wide variety of musicians and live performers.
The NSW Government is committed to streamlining regulation of licensed venues to help create safe, diverse and vibrant entertainment options.
Some licences have outdated music and live entertainment conditions imposed on their licence including:
Conditions like these are no longer imposed on liquor licences.
These types of conditions were imposed many years ago and often due to specific issues arising at a venue at the time. Venues may have also nominated particular types of entertainment when applying for a liquor licence, with the details listed as conditions of the licences ever since.
We recognise that these conditions no longer serve a valid purpose and can unnecessarily prevent venues from offering new and different types of live entertainment.
For example, 'a country and western only' music condition would prevent a bar from offering jazz nights or playing 80s music for birthday parties.
Your application for a review can take longer to assess 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 for a review and gather all the necessary materials.
This review is available for specific types of conditions that can be considered to unnecessarily restrict live entertainment and music in venues, including:
Any condition restricting the style or type of live music that can be provided on the licensed premises.E.g. 'no rock', 'no metal' 'no disco', 'jazz or folk or other quiet music styles only'
Any condition restricting the types of performers or specific instruments or performance equipment, or number of musicians or live acts allowed to perform at the licensed premises.E.g. 'solo performers or duos only', 'no heavy bands', 'no drums or bass', 'limit of three live acts in a night', 'no disco lighting'
Any condition that fully bans live entertainment (including live music and/or DJ entertainment) on the licensed premises at all times.E.g. bans that apply across the entire premises such as: 'no live music or entertainment to be performed on the premises', 'background music only' or 'no DJ entertainment on the premises'
Out of scope conditions
Conditions covering other issues relating to entertainment and music are out of scope for the review, include:
You can apply for a change to these broader types of conditions through the normal 'change to licence condition' process at any time. A standard $110 application fee applies.
Venues will need to make separate applications to their local council to have development consent conditions varied or lifted.
Liquor & Gaming NSW has no power to remove conditions in development consents.
However, we encourage councils to also take a flexible approach when assessing any applications from venues to remove or vary these consent conditions.
Applications will still be subject to community notification requirements and posted on the Application Noticeboard. Notice periods will range from 14–30 days depending on the type of condition being reviewed.
Liquor & Gaming NSW aims to have applications decided within 120 days of receipt. The three month period of the assessment review (from 1 December to 28 February) refers to the time applications can be lodged. Processing times will vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the application.
All requests for review will need to be considered on their individual merits, and in line with the objectives of the Liquor Act 2007.
For instance, decision-makers will need to take into account:
As far as possible, streamlined processes will be adopted for removal or variation of genre and format restrictions. However, if local stakeholders raise any valid objections, processing times may be longer.
1. Complete all the notice pages of the application form and lodge a copy, including attachments with the:
2. Notify the occupiers of any building:
3. Affix a copy of the site notice to your licensed premises:
Complete the application form and include the following details:
Follow these instructions carefully. Failure to comply with all requirements may result in refusal of your application.
There is no cost to applying during the review period.
The usual $110 fee to make an application to change a licence condition has been waived.
Note: Lodge your application before 28 February to be part of this review.
You must be 18 years or older and authorised to lodge this application.
Apply: AM0121 Review liquor licence conditions – live entertainment/music (PDF 378.2 KB)
Online: firstname.lastname@example.org - with subject line: AM0121 Review liquor licence conditions – live entertainment music
Post: Liquor & Gaming NSW | GPO Box 7060 | Sydney NSW 2001
Deliver: Liquor & Gaming NSW | Level 6, 323 Castlereagh Street | Haymarket NSW 2000 | Monday–Friday 9am–5pm
The community will have the opportunity to comment on any proposals to remove or vary conditions through the Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard. Local police, councils and neighbouring premises within 50 metres will be notified of a request being made.
Noticeboard consultation periods range from 14–30 days depending on the type of condition being reviewed.
Processing times will vary depending on a number factors including complexity, and completeness of applications. We aim to have applications for review decided within 120 days of receipt.
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