Outdoor alcohol restrictions

Outdoor alcohol restrictions

Alcohol restrictions

The City of Sydney is responsible for creating and maintaining well-designed streets and public spaces that are safe and attractive for residents, workers and visitors. 

Like all councils in NSW we implement outdoor alcohol restrictions in response to NSW police and community requests to help prevent alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and crime in public places.

Alcohol free zones apply to public roads and footpaths, while alcohol prohibited areas apply to parks and civic spaces. Alcohol consumption is not permitted in these areas, and police have the power to confiscate alcohol. There are no fines associated with the offence. 

These zones and areas are not related to the NSW Government's lockout laws and do not affect licensed premises. The City is a strong supporter of the night-time economy and the thousands of businesses that contribute to our safe, diverse and vibrant nightlife.

The zones and areas are in place for up to 4 years. They can also be established on a timed basis in parks, or on a temporary basis for special events like New Year's Eve.

If you see people drinking in an area with outdoor 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.

How to make an application 

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

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 early in 2020.

The next round of new applications will open in early 2020. 

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

Contact us

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: Wednesday, 4 September 2019