Opening a small bar
What you need to know regarding small and wine bar development applications.
Project Status: When you need to do this
To reactivate fine-grain spaces in the city and build a diverse, eclectic and unique night-time culture, the City of Sydney encourages a varied mix of venues such as small bars.
If you want to open a small bar, these are the steps required.
What you need to do
Check if development consent is needed
Before you can open a small bar you must first find out if development consent is needed for the proposed premises.
No consent required: apply directly for a liquor licence
If consent is not required because there is an existing development approval and there are no changes required to the conditions of consent, you can apply for a liquor licence directly with Liquor & Gaming NSW.
If consent is required, lodge a development application
If development consent is required for the premises, you will need to lodge a development application.
- Before you sign a lease, contact our planning staff on 02 9265 9333 to discuss any approvals you may need.
- When you are ready to get started, you will need just one application form: application for development – food and drink premises. It covers restaurants, cafes, takeaways, pubs, clubs and small bars.
Before you start
Extend your trading hours
If you own an existing small bar and want to extend your trading hours, apply to extend your business trading hours.
Liquor and outdoor dining applications
Liquor licence applications to Liquor & Gaming NSW and footpath usage applications to the City of Sydney can be submitted at the same time but approval will not be provided until development consent has been obtained.
For general planning advice, speak to a duty planner.