Red tape slashed for more fun, food, festivals and filming
Ministerial Media Release
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Streets across the state will be bursting with culture, flavours, music and laughter under a proposal to permanently slash red tape to allow more live music, arts venues and artisan food and drink businesses. Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the NSW Government is seeking community feedback on the latest initiative to allow cultural, arts and hospitality ventures to flourish.
“Anyone who makes a living from the hospitality, entertainment, arts or live music scene has endured the toughest period in their working lives and we want to see these industries thrive in a post-pandemic NSW,” Mr Stokes said. “Instead of finding reasons why things shouldn’t happen, we’re throwing out the old rule book to transform shops into art galleries or music venues and make it easier to set up a cheese and wine bar.” “Live music or performances will be permitted in just about any retail setting, while food trucks and dark kitchens can go ahead anywhere with landowner’s consent, provided they meet certain criteria.”
Temporary events being held on council-owned land will also be encouraged under the new package.
“After many months indoors, we want to see the streets of NSW come alive, so we’re doing everything we can to entice people back to our centres and high streets,” Mr Stokes said. “We’re making sure the rules around temporary events are easy to understand and allow councils to hold fetes, markets, music and sporting events on council-owned land without planning approvals. “We’re also proposing to remove the 30-day cap on filming on private property without a DA, making it easier than ever for TV or films to shoot in NSW.” Applicants will need to adhere to strict conditions to take advantage of these new measures. For more information and to have your say by 22 November, visit the Bringing fun back to NSW web page.