Late Night Trading In Sutherland Shire

Real business opportunities for late night trading


Sutherland Shire Council seeks to encourage and expand the night time economy as part of the Sutherland Shire Economic Strategy . Late night trading is about expanding existing day time businesses into the evening and night time, with an emphasis on arts, music and culture. By creating vibrant places  and  offering more options for things to do after dark, not only benefits the local economy, but the liveability of our suburbs. Some examples of business opportunities and undertakings are:


  • Shops open later for workers heading home or for those who don’t work standard hours
  • Businesses who want to expand or diversify their current daytime activity into the late night space
  • Budding entrepreneurs that operate or want to operate into the late night
  • Art galleries, theatres, studios and auditoriums
  • Retail venues such as book stores, boutique clothing who would like to host forms of entertainment.
  • Small bars
  • Cafes and restaurants
  • Pop-up or temporary uses such as events or markets
  • Food trucks or mobile vendors or venues
  • Venues who have the ability to host live music
  • Any business seeking to diversify into the night


So what is late night trading?


The NSW State Government Night Time Economy Round Table 2016 defines late night trading as any social or business activity that takes place between 6pm and 6am. This includes a myriad of business activities, events and services who improve the attractiveness of a destination as a desirable place to live.


You have a late night trading idea and need to get it off the ground?


Planning NSW has recently completed a comprehensive guide for establishing a night time business.  It includes everything you need to know from idea, through to the planning processes, including the development application requirements, approvals and licences needed.


The Department of Finance, Service and Innovation,  ‘Easy to do Business’ concierge, is a great service which provides one to one help, navigating you through all of the government licenses and permits you need to open your business faster. or call 13 77 88.


You can also talk directly to a Sutherland Shire Council Duty Officer who can answer general questions about planning and approval requirements.  Duty Officers are available Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm either by telephone or in person at council's Customer Service Centre  to answer enquiries about the DA process.


The Application Process


The Planning NSW guide for establishing and managing NTE uses is the best place to start as it highlights important considerations for getting your late night trading idea off the ground. From choosing a location, planning approval pathways, development application stages, development application requirements, development application checklists and other important approval legislation to adhere to.


Extending your operating hours requires development consent. When you are ready to start the application process it’s important to understand Planning NSW and Sutherland Shire Council’s DA process.


The Planning NSWs Guide to the DA process


Sutherland Shire Council’s DA process



# Other useful information:


The Sutherland Shire Development Control Plan 2015 - Chapter 37 Late Night Trading contains maps that indicate high, intermediate and low activity areas. The best location for extended trading hours is close the town centre core – high activity areas. As distance from the centre increases, the area is likely to become more residential and restrictions may apply to preserve residential amenity. Licensed premises (hotels, bars, clubs, and licensed restaurants) also have special restrictions to protect local amenity.  Please consult the plan for further information.


The Sutherland Shire Local Environmental Plan 2015 – Permissible Land Uses


Changing or Relocating a Business


Shire Maps – To determine Zoning.


The Department of Industry: Liquor and Gaming NSW Licence requirements or call 1300 024 720.


The Food Act 2003 determines the permits required for the sale and consumption of food and drink premises.


The Office of Environmental Protection Authority Guide to Licensing and requirements e.g. Noise, litter, waste and water  or call 13 15 55


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More information


Enquiries can be directed to Economic Development on 02 9710 0892 or

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