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The Fun SEPP

We’ve made changes to bring more live music, arts venues and artisan food and drink businesses to the streets of NSW. We're ready to get out and enjoy our incredible cities, towns and villages.

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Exhibition closed - Fun SEPP

To support hospitality and arts industries get up and running, we proposed reforms to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP). These reforms were on exhibition from 29 October to 30 November 2021. 
Thank you to those who provided feedback on the following changes to the Codes SEPP:

  • make permanent the trial that allows pubs and small bars to have outdoor dining on the footpath as exempt development 
  • increase the number of days that events can be held at major event sites 
  • make COVID-19 emergency measures for food trucks and dark kitchens permanent 
  • make a complying development pathway to allow a change of use of premises to artisan food and drink industry in certain circumstances, including development standards 
  • make a complying development pathway to allow a change of use of retail premises to small live music or arts venues, including developments standards and amendments to the Building Code of Australia
  • clarify the exempt development standards for events
  • extending the number of days for filming as exempt development.

Consultation and feedback

We welcomed your feedback from 29 October to 30 November 2021. An explanation of intended effect (PDF) was exhibited to outline the proposed changes. Thank you for your responses, which we have considered and used to refine the proposals. View the Submissions report or visit the department’s website for more information about the changes we have made to the Codes SEPP.

Exhibited documents


View the submissions

More information

For more information on the proposed changes to the Fun SEPP, please contact the policy team: [email protected]

View the Frequently Asked Questions


  • 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

Exhibiting agency or agencies: DPIE
Exhibition location: NSW Planning Portal