Sydney may become a city that never closes down with City Of Sydney considering allowing 24-hour trading in selected areas. The proposal is the result of feedback gained in community consultations last year, where many participants expressed a desire for longer retail opening hours and more variety in after-dark options. There was also a call for a wider geographical spread of commercial/entertainment activities, with many of the city’s newly developed precincts suffering a dearth of night-time entertainment options and other established precincts feeling they would benefit from a late-night economy. In response, the city has revised planning controls to allow a range of activities and extended hours in selected zones within its jurisdiction.
The new planning controls will come into effect in June 2019. Businesses will be able to apply for variation of their current restrictions once the controls are in place. They may also be eligible for a night-time diversification and live music and performance grant which they can apply for from 19 June, 2019.
The City is encouraging interested business owners and residents to attend an information session about the new planning controls on 3rd July. You will need to register.
For more information, links to forms and to register for the information session visit: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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