Business regulations

Business regulations

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Rules and regulations 

Businesses in the city need to abide by a number of Council regulations. 

You may need to get a permit to conduct business in the City of Sydney local area. 

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Outdoor permits

Doing business in the city's public areas may involve applying for outdoor permits.

Filming and photography permits

The City of Sydney has a number of rules governing filming and photography.

Food and drink businesses

To operate in the city, food and drink businesses need to a pass a number of regulations.

Health and safety

Health and safety regulations ensure our city remains a great place to live, work and visit.

Sex industry premises

Special regulations cover operators in Sydney's sex-related industries.


The City's market policy and guide to setting up markets establishes a framework for the City to approve markets, which outlines to market operators the level of commitment needed and provides a step-by-step process to help new market operators.