10pm trading on the cards for Central Sydney

Sydney's Pitt Street Mall at night. File photo.

Shops and businesses in Sydney’s CBD and neighbourhood high streets could be allowed to trade until 10pm without additional approval, under planning controls being considered by the City of Sydney Council.

The proposal, part of a raft of measures intended to invigorate Sydney’s nighttime economy, would allow shops to open from 7am to 10pm seven days a week.

The move would put Sydney in line with major cities overseas, such as Singapore, where shops generally stay open until 10pm.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the plan would help Sydney’s retail, arts and hospitality industries recover from the effects of Covid-19.

“Now is the time to breathe life into the night-time and cultural life of our city,” Moore said.

“Small businesses and creative and cultural industries are facing significant challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic, with many forced to close or restrict their operations.”

Late night arts and entertainment would also be encouraged under the proposal, with small-scale cultural activities allowed in existing office, industrial, retail and community buildings.

“Fair management” of live music with respect to noise complaints, and the opening up of Erskineville Town Hall to performance and entertainment uses, are also on the table. 

“We would love to see cultural activities in unexpected locations, such as theatre, stand-up comedy, film screenings, seminars or live music in retail stores, warehouses or office buildings,” said Moore.

“These planning changes will pave the way towards a stronger, more creative and diverse night-time economy.”

The proposed changes are on public exhibition for comment until Wednesday, 18 November. 

To view the proposals and give your feedback, visit sydneyyoursay.com.au.

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