Alcohol restrictions

Alcohol restrictions

Alcohol restrictions

The City uses alcohol restrictions in some areas to help prevent street drinking and improve public amenity.

Drinking in a restricted street or park may lead to alcohol being confiscated and/or disposed of by police.

Alcohol-free zones cover public roads, footpaths, car parks and laneways. Alcohol-prohibited areas apply to parks and civic spaces. Refer to the map below for more detail. 

Drinking alcohol in these areas is permitted if you are in a private home, licensed bar, cafe or restaurant. You can carry alcohol through these areas if the bottle is unopened.

If you see people drinking in an area with alcohol restrictions, contact your local police station (listed below).

If a sign has been damaged, stolen or defaced, please call and let us know on 02 9265 9333 or email

How to make an application 

Applications for the 2019 round of outdoor alcohol restrictions have now closed.

All applications will be placed on public exhibition for 4 weeks. We will consider the applications, public feedback, crime statistics and advice from NSW Police Force and other key stakeholders.

Recommendations will be presented to Council for endorsement in late 2019.

Applications are assessed each year by the City. The next round of applications will open from January 2020.

If you would like to speak with a City officer about alcohol restrictions in our local area, please contact the Safe City team.


Safe City
02 9265 9333

Alcohol-free zones and alcohol-prohibited areas

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Please note: Consuming alcohol in many parks and public spaces in our local area is prohibited. Please check the signs for information about current restrictions.

Police area commands

Inner West Police Area Command

89–101 Despointes Street, Marrickville
02 9568 9299

222 Australia Street, Newtown
02 9550 8199

Kings Cross Police Area Command

Kings Cross
1–15 Elizabeth Bay Road, Kings Cross
02 8356 0099

Leichhardt Police Area Command

1–3 Talford Street, Glebe
02 9552 8099

368 Darling Street, Balmain
02 9556 0624

South Sydney Police Area Command

Tower 1, Lawson Street, Redfern
02 8303 5199

Surry Hills Police Area Command

Surry Hills
151–241 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills
02 9265 4144

Sydney City Police Area Command

Day Street
192 Day Street, Sydney
02 9265 6499

The Rocks
132 George Street, The Rocks
02 8220 6399

Last updated: Sunday, 23 June 2019