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Opening a business in the Night Time Economy (NTE) is exciting but navigating the planning and licencing systems can be challenging.


This guide from the department is designed to make it faster and easier for you to plan and open your NTE business.


What’s in the guide?

  • A step by step guide to the approvals process, including the development application (DA) and liquor licence process
  • What the NTE is and how development within this sector requires additional considerations during the DA process
  • Common NTE uses and corresponding land use definitions to help guide you through the DA process
  • Examples of council policy and processes from across NSW to highlight that every council has subtle differences that need to be acknowledged when navigating the approvals process
  • Relevant NSW legislation


The guide will be periodically updated to make sure it best reflects current legislation. To stay in the loop, sign up below for updates in the NTE space.


Captivating music and 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 supporting music and the arts as well as helping NTE business operators and future operators navigate the planning system.


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Page last updated: 13/10/2021