Summer is coming and outdoor spaces are being opened up for alfresco drinking and dining just in time for the warmer weather with the NSW Government slashing red tape to allow quicker approval times for venues. The new measures mean cafés, bars, restaurants and hotels will be able to apply for an outdoor dining licence without needing to get planning approval, making things easier for business owners. They are set to be rolled out first in The Rocks from October 16 and in the city from November 1 for a 12-month pilot. The Government has worked worked with the City of Sydney and Place Management NSW, the landowner for The Rocks, to condense what was previously a three-month process involving multiple agencies, into a single application that takes a week. An amendment to the Liquor Regulation will also allow expanded liquor licence boundaries to be approved in as little as three days - a process that previously took up to 51 days. Councils across the State including Eurobodalla Council are encouraged to examine how they can fast-track outdoor dining area approvals at their end while ensuring public amenity and safety. The NSW Government is exploring further changes so that all councils can take advantage of the new arrangements and implement similar streamlined processes in time for summer. To read more about the COVID Safe Summer Plan please click here.
COMMENTS : Due to the risks associated with comments from unidentified contributors that expose The Beagle to possible legal actions under the NSW Defamation Act 2005 No 77 anonymous or Nom de Plume comments will not be available unless the author is known to the editor by way of a verified email address or by association.
Others who provide their REAL NAME (first name AND Surname) and a verifiable email address (it won't be published) are invited to comment below. (yes it is a pain but please comply - it would be a shame to see your comment deleted)
Those contributors KNOWN to us and verified may continue to use their First Name or Nom de plume for ease. The primary need for all of this is due to traceability should a legal action arise.
If you need anonymity email us via our normal or encrypted email accounts
Please note that if you are looking for a previous comment that is no longer visible please contact us.