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Proposed SEPP amendment to allow outdoor dining pilot in Sydney CBD

The department asked for your feedback on a proposed amendment to the Codes SEPP which will facilitate a simplified, streamlined process for small bars and pubs in the City of Sydney to have outdoor dining.

The City of Sydney Council has proposed a 12-month trial of exempt development for outdoor dining to enable a streamlined approvals process for participating small bars and pubs to support local venues and rejuvenate the night time economy. The trial is proposed to run from 30 October 2020 until 31 October 2021.

To facilitate the trial, the department has developed a proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP).  

The proposed amendment extends the exempt development provision of the Codes SEPP for outdoor dining to small bars and pubs .

View the EIE

The EIE was on exhibition from 2 October until 15 October 2020

Thank you to everyone who made a submission. The amendment was published on the Legislation NSW website on 29 October 2020

To find out more:

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Submissions (1)

City of Sydney Outdoor Dining Trial Submission-16102020


  • On Exhibition

    The consultation is open for public comment.

  • Under Consideration

    We'll be reviewing what you told us.

  • Made and Finalised

    The final outcomes of this consultation will be documented here.

Consultation period


More information

Relevant legislation: State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP)

Exhibiting agency or agencies: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Exhibition location: NSW Planning Portal