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Small and Pop-up Venues

Photos of Uncle Kurt's Bar

Photos from Uncle Kurt's Bar in Parramatta CBD. Photos by Carla Dibbs.

City of Parramatta strongly supports small scale and pop-up venues as part of a diverse and vibrant night time economy, and as a way of trialling various business ventures or activities. 

Small and pop-up venues
  • The City of Parramatta encourages a mix of licensed venues big and small, such as small bars to support a diverse and vibrant night city with great experiences for all.

    Small bars are licensed venues with a patron capacity up to 100 people.

    It is important to find out whether development consent is required where you propose to establish a small bar. If development consent is not required because the premises has existing development approval and conditions of consent are not required to be changed, applicants can apply for a small-bar licence directly with NSW Liquor and Gaming.

    However, if development consent is required for the premises, you must lodge a development application (DA) with Council.

    Parramatta CBD Small Bars Policy

    In April 2017, Council endorsed a Parramatta CBD Small Bars Policy to support the diversification of the licensed venues offering in Parramatta, providing a consistent approach to the assessment of applications for small bar premises (under 100 patrons);

    Read the Parramatta CBD Small Bars Policy.

    Important things to consider
    Liquor licence applications to NSW Liquor and Gaming, applications for outdoor dining and/or street activity applications to the City can be submitted at the same time, but approval will be provided until any development consents required have been obtained.

    For more information, please contact Council’s Duty Planner Service on 02 9806 5050

    Email the Night Time Economy team
  • On 1 March 2019, NSW Liquor and Gaming began a 12 month trial of a new liquor licence for pop-up bars and events in seven Sydney precincts, to help activate and revitalise indoor and outdoor spaces and diversify the night-time economy.

    The trial aims to support innovative social, cultural and business offerings and make it easier for entrepreneurs, creatives and other businesses to run pop-up bars and events for up to six weeks.
    The pop-up bar and event licenses enable pop-up bar or events such as pop-up restaurants, live entertainment or art shows within the entirety of the City of Parramatta LGA. 

    Please note: the pop-up events and liquor licenses do not negate the need for a Development Application, where currently required.

    To find out whether you need a Development Application for your proposed activity, please contact Council’s Duty Planner Service on 9806 5050.

    Information on how to apply
  • Council has dedicated officers with expertise in night time businesses and can assist you in gathering information about how to start a venture in the City of Parramatta. Contact Council’s Night Time City Team on 02 9806 5050. 

    Email the Night Time City Team