NEIGHBOURHOOD shops across the Fairfield local government area can now apply for a small bar licence after the Department of Planing and Infrastructure made changes to the Fairfield Local Environment Plan 2013.
In July, the state government amended the Liquor Act 2007 by providing for a new category of the liquor licence relating to small bars.
At the same time, the Department of Planning introduced the "small bar" standard into the NSW Standard Local Environmental Plan.
This means that all small neighbourhood shops across the city, shops in Horsley Village, as well as in town centres including Bonnyrigg, Fairfield, Cabramatta and Prairiewood and other centres such as Canley Heights, Canley Vale and Fairfield Heights can now apply for the licence.
Under the The Liquor Amendment (Small Bars) Bill 2013 a small bar licence authorises the licensee to sell liquor by retail on the premises provided there are no more than 60 patrons on the premises, the bar is open to the public (with no minors during liquor trading hours), food is available on the premises and no gaming or gambling activities are operated on the site.
Fairfield Council deputy mayor Lawrence White has raised concerns about the changes.
"How do we limit a shop to 60 patrons and how do we process a bar application?" he said.
A staff member said the council would be looking at forming a policy in the Development Control Plan to look at all the issues.