Business permits, approvals & tenders
Some businesses need approval to operate including food and drink, markets, stalls and events. Permits are needed for busking, sex premises, filming and photography, family day care centres and skin penetration businesses.
Flexible regulations for businesses extended
The NSW Government has extended the date of temporary changes to the planning system until 31 March 2022.
In March 2020 the government amended the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act to include a new regulation allowing for a range of new ministerial orders in response to the pandemic.
The changes allow the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces to make an order for development to be carried out without the normal planning approval to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since then, the NSW Government has issued ministerial orders under the act including:
- extending retail trading, delivery and waste removal hours
- allowing home businesses to operate 24 hours a day
- providing more flexible conditions for takeaway food and beverage facilities, food trucks and dark kitchens
- allowing construction sites to operate the same hours on weekdays, weekends and public holidays
- permitting temporary pop-up cycleways within the City of Sydney local area
- allowing temporary vehicle sanitisation stations for the professional cleaning of taxis, ride share and community transport vehicles.
For full details visit the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.
Food and drink businesses
Business permits, approvals & tendersGet approval for a food business
Business permits, approvals & tendersApply for a mobile food vending business permitAt least $400
Business permits, approvals & tendersApply for outdoor dining approval
Business permits, approvals & tendersApply to operate a home-based food business
Markets, stalls and events
Business permits, approvals & tendersApply to set up a local marketAt least $100
Facility bookings & outdoor eventsApply to hold an outdoor eventAt least $100
Business permits, approvals & tendersBook a City banner to promote your event
Business permits, approvals & tendersRegister an event involving food and drink
Business permits, approvals & tendersRegister a temporary food stallAt least $156
Other permits and applications
Business permits, approvals & tendersApply for a busking permit$47
Business permits, approvals & tendersSet up a family day care centre
Business permits, approvals & tendersRegister your skin penetration business or event
Business permits, approvals & tendersLodge a development application for sex premises