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What is a special entertainment precinct? 

A special entertainment precinct is an area that includes entertainment venues and a diverse mix of land uses. Precincts can contribute to an active night time economy. A precinct may be made up of a single premise, a road, a group of venues or roads or streetscape. How a potential precinct is identified and defined by council will depend on local amenities, existing infrastructure, and current (or intended) neighbourhood character.


Councils are allowed to formally establish a precinct in their local area due to changes to the Local Government Act 1993 and Liquor Amendment (Night-time Economy) Act 2020.


A guideline is being delivered to support councils and industry in establishing and operating special entertainment precincts. These guidelines are being co-designed with the Office of Local Government and the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner, with input from key stakeholders such as local councils and industry bodies. Guidelines will be published in 2022.


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Precinct Pilot Program

To support the delivery of these guidelines, a Precinct Pilot Program is being delivered. The pilot will explore the practical considerations associated with establishing and operating the precincts.

Three councils are participating in the program: City of Sydney, Inner West and Lake Macquarie. Stakeholders involved in the pilot include the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, NSW Office of Local Government, Liquor & Gaming NSW, Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner, and NSW Police Force. More details about the pilot will be communicated in coming months.


Where can I go for advice and support?

If you would like further information on the establishment and operation of special entertainment precincts in your area, contact your Council Engagement Manager at the NSW Office of Local Government. Alternatively, email or call 02 4428 4100.


Page last updated: 17/12/2021