This is a defined area in the Sydney CBD where licenced premises face special trading rules designed to make venues, neighbourhoods and transport safer.
The Sydney CBD Entertainment precinct stretches from:
map of the Sydney CBD Entertainment precinct (PDF, 4.5MB).
This area has more than 1,300 licensed venues with particular licensing conditions, such as 1.30am lockouts, 3am last drinks and no glass containers during late trading hours.
Half hour live entertainment exemptionThis allows licensees of live entertinament venues to apply for an exemption to the lock out and last drinks conditions that will allow a later lock out time of 2am and last drinks of 3.30am. More information is available on our website.
We explain the conditions that apply to different types
of licensed premises in the FS3046 Special licence conditions for
premises in the Sydney CBD fact sheet (PDF,
All licenced premises in the Sydney CBD precinct must comply with the
Plan of Management for the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct (PDF, 1.3MB).
This plan is the combined work of:
The plan aims to:
Some conditions in the plan apply to all licensed premises in the precinct. Others apply only to certain licence categories.
New Year's Eve is unique, so the lock outs on licensed venues across the Sydney CBD precinct does not apply. However, the 3am halt to alcohol service remains.
You can get exemptions from special conditions in some circumstances.
Please use this
Exemption from a precinct-related special licence condition form (PDF, 403KB) if you want an exemption from a special condition.
View a list of the exemptions that have been granted to specified venues in the Sydney CBD entertainment precinct.
RSA requirements in precincts
Crime scene preservation guidelines (PDF, 74KB)