Help shape the future of our Night Time Economy and Footway Dining

Woollahra Council is working to support a night time economy that is vibrant, safe and sustainable – and that meets the diverse needs and aspirations of our community. We are also updating our footway dining policies and guidelines to ensure they promote best practice.

At its meeting of 9 December 2019, Council resolved to adopt the Draft Footway Dining Policy and Guidelines, Draft Night Time Economy Policy, and amendments to the Draft Woollahra DCP 2015 and Woollahra DA Guide, as amended post exhibition.

You can read the full Council minutes here.

The Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015 (Amendment 8) will come into effect on 20 January 2020.

Draft Footway Dining Policy

Council resolved to permit the service of alcohol with or without the service of a meal provided the premises has an appropriate liquor licence and the service of alcohol is restricted to seated patrons.

Council resolved to allow the following maximum trading hours for the footway dining component only:

  • Cafes, unlicensed and licensed restaurants trading hours:
    • 7am to 10pm Sunday to Thursday
    • 7am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday
  • Pubs and small bars trading hours:
    • 7am to 10pm Sunday to Thursday
    • 7am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday

Enforcement of development consents and footway dining approvals

Council resolved to require the ongoing enforcement of development consents and footway dining approvals in our active night time economy precincts by instigating regular uniformed night-time patrols on Friday and Saturday evenings over summer until midnight. This would be carried out by Council staff or contractors, and spot checks as required and when complaints or anecdotal evidence is received from residents that noise emitted from licensed premises exceeds permitted thresholds. These steps will commence this summer.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the night time economy and footway dining policies and guidelines survey. The public exhibition was open from 17 July 2019 to 30 August 2019 and we had a great community response with over 400 submissions.

Our survey is closed but you can still:

  • Read our exhibition documents
  • Look at the Licensed Premises and Footway Dining Approvals in your area (see map below).

Licensed Premises and Footway Dining Approvals Map

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Footway Approval

Licensed Premises

Footway Approval and Licensed Premises

Map instructions:

  • Click on the base of the icon to see the name of the premises
  • For Licensed Premises the information includes the approved hours of operation
  • Do you think there is something not quite right with the information on the map?
    Let us know by writing to


Submissions, summaries of submissions, and/or names and email addresses of people making submissions may be included in publicly available reports to Council or Committee Meetings and Council's website.

Please note, in accordance with section 18(1)(b) of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), you are advised that all submissions received by Council will be placed on the appropriate Council file and may be disclosed to Councillors, Council Officers, consultants to Council or members of the public.

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Survey & Submission form

Night Time Economy and Footway Dining - Survey and Submission.

CLOSED: This survey has concluded.