This website lists all firework displays in NSW, so you can see what's lighting up the sky tonight.Firework displays
The City of Sydney displays fireworks during Chinese New Year, the Christmas tree lighting at Martin Place and our world-famous New Year's Eve celebration.
All other fireworks throughout the year, such as Australia Day and at Darling Harbour over summer, are organised by other authorities.
This page is a guide to fireworks in Sydney – who authorises them, who puts them on and who to contact if they're disturbing your night.
Who authorises fireworks in Sydney?
WorkCover NSW manages and regulates the planning and authorisation of fireworks displays.
We are notified, only when required, that a fireworks display is planned.
The City normally then advises WorkCover if we support or object to the planned display based on the success of previous events at particular locations or by particular operators.
Ultimately, however, WorkCover NSW authorises or rejects fireworks applications.
Notice must be provided 7 days before a fireworks event. Fireworks can be displayed by a private individual/organisation, a public authority or a private company.
You can search for upcoming fireworks notifications that have been lodged with WorkCover NSW.
WorkCover NSW is responsible for regulating and investigating fireworks issues, including noise. In the first instance, fireworks noise complaints should be directed to WorkCover NSW:
Apart from the City, other authorities control where and when fireworks will be launched:
- Roads & Maritime Services: Sydney harbour and Harbour Bridge
- Sydney Opera House Trust: On or around the Opera House
- Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority: Darling Harbour
- National Parks and Wildlife Service: Fort Denison
The City is not necessarily notified when fireworks will occur in these areas. We can receive and document complaints about fireworks, including noise, that have been launched within our local area but we cannot take action. The City can instead raise significant issues with WorkCover to consider when it authorises future fireworks displays.
If you want to complain about fireworks noise from city buildings or city streets, please contact:
City of Sydney
02 9265 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: Thursday, 10 March 2016