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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.

 

Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminated with colorful light, during the Vivid Sydney. Photo by RugliG / Shutterstock

Night Time Economy guide

This Night Time Economy guide is designed to make it faster and easier for you to plan and open your night time economy business.

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.

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Patrons enjoying drinks at retro-chic bar Coal & Cedar in Newcastle.

Codes SEPP Newcastle Trial

A six-month trial of extended later trading hours for small bars and restaurants in Newcastle commenced on 1 October 2020.

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


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Friends enjoying afternoon drinks at The Beach House Restaurant and Bar, Port Macquarie. Photo by: Destination NSW

NSW outdoor dining trials

The NSW Government is streamlining planning approvals under proposed trials for outdoor dining to support local venues and rejuvenate the economy.

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.


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City of Sydney’s biannual Living Colour display, Cathedral Square, Sydney. Photo by Katherine Griffiths / City of Sydney

Outdoor events at Cathedral Square

A SEPP is proposed to temporarily allow summer outdoor events at Cathedral Square.

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.

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