Amendment C209

Council is proposing to change its Licensed Premises Policy to improve the way licensed venues are managed in the City of Yarra.

Licensed premises such as pubs, bars and restaurants are part of what makes Yarra a vibrant and desirable place to live. They provide employment opportunities and contribute enormously to the local economy, whilst supporting the social, artistic and cultural vibrancy of our city with live music, food and entertainment. 

However, Council must effectively manage the location, size, operation and opening hours of licensed premises in order to minimise any potential amenity impacts for the local area, such as noise.

The aim of the proposed policy changes is to balance the amenity of existing residents and the establishment of new licenced venues. The changes would not apply to venues that have existing approvals already in place - they would only apply to new applications. 

In order to implement changes to the Licensed Premises Policy, an amendment to the Yarra Planning Scheme is required.

More information about the amendment is available below:

Current status of the amendment

At its meeting on 21 February 2017 Council considered submissions received for Amendment C209 and resolved to refer the amendment to an independent planning panel to consider the submissions received. The panel is scheduled to commence during the week of the 24 April 2017. At this meeting Council also resolved to make a number of changes to the draft licensed premises policy as a result of the submissions received. The changes to the draft licensed premises policy as a result of the submission is available here and the changes are highlighted in yellow. This updated version of the policy will be used to inform the discussions at the panel hearing.

Why is the amendment required?

A Licensed Premises Policy currently exists in the Yarra Planning Scheme. Council is proposing to make changes to the policy, which will improve the way licensed premises are managed and provide clarity on where new premises are allowed to be established.The need for a revised policy addressing licensed premises arises from changes to State Government planning policies (including the introduction of cumulative impact considerations and the introduction of planning permit requirements for packaged liquor outlets). Opportunities to address other policy gaps within the existing policy have also been identified by Council.

Reviewing the existing Licensed Premises Policy is included as an action in Council’s Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 and Night Time Economy Strategy 2014-1018.

What does the amendment do?

The amendment proposes to change an existing policy in the Yarra Planning Scheme in order to provide stronger policy guidance for licensed premises. The revised policy would be used by Council to inform decision making and to guide the assessment of planning applications relating to licensed venues.The revised policy will result in improvements to the assessment of planning applications, and will allow for on and off-site amenity impacts to be better managed. 

How would the changes affect existing venues?

The changes would not apply to venues that have existing approvals already in place. They would only apply to new applications. 

Amendment documents

doc format Notice of Preparation of Amendment C209 exhibition.doc (41.00 KB)

docx format Explanatory Report Amendment C209.docx (37.90 KB)

doc format Instruction Sheet Amendment C209.doc (40.50 KB)

DOC format Clause 22.09 Revised Policy.DOC (1.03 MB)

pdf format Clause 22.09 Existing Policy with revisions in track changes- post exhibition (76.11 KB)

pdf format Clause 22.09 Existing Policy with revisions in track changes- exhibition version superseded.pdf (71.29 KB)

pdf format Clause 22.09 Existing Policy.pdf (35.03 KB)

pdf format Public Place (2015) Licensed Premises Policy - Background Document.pdf (6.40 MB) 

Policy reference documents

pdf format 01. Public Place (2015) Licensed Premises Policy - Background Document.pdf (6.40 MB)

pdf format 02. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (2015) Practice Note 61 - Licensed premises: Assessing cumulative impact.pdf (249.43 KB)

pdf format 03. Department of Justice (2009) Design Guidelines for Licensed Venues.pdf (1.54 MB)

pdf format 04. Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (2012) Liquor Licensing Fact Sheet - Maximum Patron Capacity.pdf (299.57 KB)

pdf format 05. Department of Health (2012) Reducing the alcohol and drug toll: Victoria’s plan 2013-2017.pdf (692.22 KB)

PDF format 06. Inner City Entertainment Precincts Taskforce (2005) ‘A good night for all' - options for improving safety and amenity in inner city entertainment precincts.PDF (398.70 KB)

pdf format 07. Yarra City Council (2013) Yarra Health Plan 2013-2017.pdf (1.16 MB)

Contact us

If you have any questions about this amendment, please contact:
Erika Russell
Senior Planner (Community Health and Safety)
9205 5534

Next Steps

An approximate timeline for this process is as follows:

• Current - Public exhibition process for Amendment C209.

• Early 2017 - Council considers public submissions.

• Early 2017 - Council may refer the amendment to an independent planning panel.

• 2017 - Council receives the panel’s report and determines whether to approve the amendment (with or without changes).

• 2017 - The amendment is submitted to the Minister for Planning for final approval. 

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