Whilst there has long been an overlap of “amenity” issues between licensing and planning jurisdictions in recent years we have increasingly been involved in assisting our clients with local consent authority issues related to licensed premises.  In part, this is due to the abolition of the former Licensing Court of New South Wales with many contested amenity issues now being determined by the Land and Environment Court.  A secondary but no less important influence has been the obvious attempt by local consent authorities to increase their ability to regulate licensed premises.

We have successfully represented licensed premises in relation to Land and Environment Court disputes over trading hours, approved use, restrictive development consent conditions and other amenity issues.