Amendment C209 – Licensed Premises Policy

Large three-story pub on street corner 

The amendment was approved by the Minister for Planning and formed part of the Yarra Planning Scheme from 1 February 2018.

What did this amendment do?

The amendment changed our 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. They also support the social, artistic and cultural vibrancy of our city with live music, food and entertainment.

We must however, effectively manage the location, size, operation and opening hours of licensed premises in order to minimise potential negative impacts on the local area.

Why was the amendment required?

The existing policy was revised to improve the way licensed premises are managed and to provide clarity on where new premises should be located and under what conditions.

The amendment implements actions from our Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 and Night Time Economy Strategy 2014-2018.

Statutory documents

The amendment documents are available on the Department of Environment, Land,Water and Planning website.

Further information

For assistance and more information about the amendment, please contact Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or

Sixth step in planning scheme amendment process