Small bars

Small bars

Finegrain spaces

In an effort to reactivate finegrain spaces in the city, and to build a diverse, eclectic and unique night time culture, the City of Sydney encourages a varied mix of venues such as small bars.

Before you can open a small bar you must first find out if development consent is needed for the proposed premises. 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.

However, if development consent is required for the premises, you will need to lodge a development application (DA).

If you own an existing small bar and want to extend your trading hours, please see the late trading for business page.

Please note: liquor licence applications to Liquor & Gaming 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, you can speak to a duty planner. Duty planner appointments are only available at our Town Hall Customer Service Centre. 


Liquor & Gaming NSW

Last updated: Wednesday, 3 July 2019