NSW Department of Planning and Environment


Planning for entertainment

A system for planning for live entertainment was introduced in 2009.

This means that:

  • Venues can have live entertainment as part of their main business without the need for separate approval
  • Entertainment is defined as part of normal activities at pubs, restaurants and clubs during the week and on weekends. Examples include a small restaurant engaging a jazz trio, a Celtic folk band playing in an Irish pub or a rock band in a club
  • For new venues, live entertainment matters will be considered as part of the development application
  • There will be a range of measures to protect neighbourhood amenity, which are administered by the police, councils and the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

The department prepared the following to guide and support the changes:

The NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing has prepared information and resources to assist venues with the changes, including:

  • Sound Advice Reducing the Risk of Noise Disturbance Information Sheet

This information is available at NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

Advice on isolation of smoke detection and alarm systems

In May 2013, the department's Director-General issued a letter to all council general managers seeking their assistance to inform building owners about the dangers of isolating smoke detection and alarm systems. A further letter of clarification was issued in October 2013 following enquiries from stakeholders.


For further information, contact:

The Department of Planning and Environment
Information Centre
Phone 1300 305 695
Email information@planning.nsw.gov.au

For specific queries on liquor licensing and other matters around venue regulation, you can contact:

NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing
Phone (02) 9995 0300
Email olgr@communities.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 24/01/2023