Nightlife is one of the most important parts of a city or town’s culture. Captivating entertainment, delicious food and drink, and a thriving arts scene is our vision for nightlife across the state.
The department is helping achieve this vision by emphasizing how arts, cultural and hospitality can contribute to local economies and make nightlife a safe and exciting space for communities.
In August 2016, the NSW Government released the Night Time Economy Round Table Action Plan that included 25 actions. As part these actions, the Department is investigating ways it can help entrepreneurs who want to establish or expand existing businesses to add to the vibrancy of the Night Time Economy.
Our Guide for Establishing and Managing Night-Time Economy Uses helps entrepreneurs better navigate the planning system and other legislation.
Guide for establishing and managing Night Time Economy uses
This Night Time Economy guide is designed to make it faster and easier for you to plan and open your night time economy business.Read about the guide
Night time economy trial for Newcastle
A six-month trial of extended later trading hours for small bars and restaurants commenced on 1 October 2020. The trial will support local venues and rejuvenate the night time economy.
Image credit: Destination NSW
NSW outdoor dining trials
The department is streamlining planning approvals under a proposed trial of outdoor dining to support local venues and rejuvenate the economy.
Image credit: Destination NSW.
Outdoor events at Cathedral Square
A SEPP is proposed to temporarily amend the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 to assist City of Sydney to host outdoor events and encourage economic recovery in the Sydney CBD.Find out more