Proposed planning changes to temporarily allow footpath dining as exempt development for small bars, pubs and cultural venues

The City of Sydney and the NSW Government are working together to improve approval processes and identify more space for outdoor dining to support business to trade safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Project Status: Under review

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Why we’re doing this

The NSW Government is proposing to amend the outdoor dining provisions of the state environmental planning policy (exempt and complying development codes) 2008. This will remove the need for a development application for outdoor dining associated with a small bar, pub or ancillary food and drink premises associated with a cultural venue.

Outdoor dining applications will continue to be assessed under the City of Sydney’s outdoor dining policy and guidelines. The proposed change will remove the need for a second approval.

The proposed amendment to the planning policy codes will be in effect for 12 months from 30 October 2020 to 31 October 2021 and support economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

How you can give feedback

We invite your feedback on this proposal to temporarily allow footpath dining as exempt development for small bars, pubs and ancillary food and drink premises for cultural venues in the City of Sydney area. To read about the proposal or make a submission go to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s planning portal.

Make a submission

Consultation period ends on Thursday 15 October 2020.

Related projects

Our community recovery plan outlines the range of initiatives to support economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.