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Codes SEPP Newcastle Trial

The City of Newcastle Council and Liquor and Gaming NSW proposed a six-month trial of extended later trading hours for small bars and restaurants to support local venues and rejuvenate the night time economy.

 

The department exhibited an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for a proposed SEPP amendment to the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) from 4 September until 20 September 2020.

 

Thank you to everyone who made a submission. Council, Liquor and Gaming NSW and the department reviewed and considered all submissions received.

 

A total of 24 small bars and restaurants are participating in the trial, which commenced on 1 October 2020 and will run for six months.

 

Council and Liquor and Gaming NSW will evaluate the outcomes at the end of the trial and any future changes will be subject to the evaluation results.

 

See the Council’s website for more information about the six-month trial of extended later trading hours for small bars and restaurants.

Frequently asked questions

The SEPP amendment to the Newcastle LEP, which will facilitate the Newcastle night time economy trial.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment exhibited an Explanation of Intended Effect for public comment that proposes a temporary amendment to the trading hours of 24 participating small bars and restaurants in the Newcastle local government area. The amendment will assist the City of Newcastle Council to promote the recovery of the Newcastle night time economy.

The department was asked by Council to facilitate an amendment to the Newcastle LEP to temporarily align trading hours with those permitted in the Liquor Act 2007 for certain licence types.

 

An exempt development provision has been inserted into the Newcastle LEP to allow extended trading hours for participating venues for six months, to coincide with the dates of the trial. After the six-month trial period, the amendment will cease to have effect.

The trial, which is being run by Council and Liquor and Gaming NSW, will operate on an opt-in basis and is only open to venues with an existing small bars licence or on-premise restaurant licence that has been approved by the Council, NSW Police and Liquor and Gaming NSW.

 

Liquor and Gaming NSW and Council have identified and invited eligible restaurants (with on-premise restaurant licence) and small bars (with small bar licence) in the suburbs of Newcastle, Newcastle East, Newcastle West, and Cooks Hill to participate in the trial. The department has not been involved in this process. The trial excludes larger venues (such as clubs and hotels) and certain ‘high risk’ venues.

24 premises have expressed their interest in participating in the trial and are listed in the Newcastle LEP amendment. For further details of the venues please contact Council or Liquor and Gaming NSW (L&GNSW).

The proposed extension in trading hours reflects the standard trading hour period for small bars with small bar licences and restaurants with on-premise licences specified under the Liquor Act 2007. It will bridge the gap between that time and what is specified as the trading (or operating hours) for the venue as a condition of their development consent. This means that:

  • For participating small bars: a participating small bar can trade until 2am (as per the Liquor Act 2007).
  • For participating restaurants: a participating restaurant can trade until midnight (Monday – Saturday) or until 10pm on Sunday (as per the Liquor Act 2007).
  • Normal public holiday restrictions apply (as per the Liquor Act 2007).

The proposed amendments to trading hours will not apply after the six-month trial ends. The existing conditions for trading hours will recommence.

 

Council and Liquor and Gaming NSW will evaluate the outcomes at the end of the trial and any future changes will be subject to the evaluation results.

 

For more information

  • If you have any questions about the trial, please email Council.
  • For liquor licence related matters, please email Liquor and Gaming NSW. Please use the subject line: ‘Newcastle liquor trial’.
  • For more information on the exhibition of the EIE, please call our information centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn't your first language and you prefer an interpreter, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our information centre.

 

Image banner: Coal & Cedar, Newcastle, a participating bar in the trial. Credit: Destination NSW

Page last updated: 01/10/2020