Live music planning liaison service

Inner West Council has made a commitment to support live music.

Inner West Council recognises the complexities in understanding planning regulations and the development application process can often inhibit growth in the industry.

The Live Music Planning Liaison Service is a hands on, face to face service for live music venues to provide advice and way finding through the planning and development process.

This pilot service provides a professional planning expert to give early guidance on understanding planning controls and how to lodge an application to establish or expand Inner West live music venues within the current regulatory environment.

Council is also working to reform local regulations to assist small scale live music and cultural activities. Enquiries about these reforms can be made directly to Council.

Who is the service for?

  • New and existing small scale live music venues within the Inner West local government area

How do people take up the opportunity?

For the Live Music Planning Liaison Service, contact Naomi Bower, Cultural Planning and Policy Leader, Inner West Council on 9335 2249 or
Council will schedule a time and place for the initial meeting with the Live Music Planning Liaison. You will need to complete a brief online form prior to your meeting. Please contact us prior to submitting your form so Council can advise the quickest and easiest way of getting the advice you need.

For information on Council’s work to improve regulatory conditions for small scale live music and cultural activities, contact Strategic Planner Jarrad Sheather on 93925210 or

What will the Live Music Liaison Officer do?

  • Assist with understanding the implications of planning laws and controls and advising how to navigate the different assessment pathways. The Liaison Officer will not assess the application nor undertake the writing of material.
  • Guide Applicants to Council's existing pre-development application (pre-DA) advisory service and provide advice on the type of information needed at the pre-DA meeting.
  • Explain conditions relating to development or complying development and what is required to comply with them.
  • Assure confidentiality of commercially sensitive ideas.
  • This service will be free however the related costs of permits, applications or reports or studies will be borne by the applicant.
  • The service does not involve business location, site selection or business viability advice.
  • The service does not give information on Council’s work on small scale live music and arts activities regulatory reforms.

Planning services Council provides for live music 

Description of service Duty planner Live music planning liaison service Pre-DA Application

General advice on Council controls (LEPs, DCPs, SEPPs and the like)




Advice on the pre-DA and DA process




Specific verbal advice relating to potential issues and the environmental planning controls that apply to a premises




Identification of potential issues with the proposed use and site




Assistance in the preparation of a Pre-DA




Written planning advice specific to a site and proposed use & whether that use is likely to be supported by Council




Identification of the zone and other planning controls relevant to the site




Assistance with understanding the received Pre-DA advice and understanding the next steps




Provide assistance in understanding what is required of specialist consultants (Eg. acoustics, BCA, etc.)




Information on Council’s work to improve regulatory conditions for small scale arts and cultural activities*
 No  No

*For more information on reforms to assist small scale live music and cultural activities please call Strategic Planner, Jarrad Sheather on 9392 5210 or


By engaging in the Live Music Planning Liaison Service, customers agree to the following:

By engaging with this optional service, the customer releases Council from any liability whatsoever that may arise from advice given or any actions or omissions associated with the giving of such advice (or failure to give advice) and waives the right to make a claim for any such liability. Without limiting the foregoing, the Customer releases Council from any cost, delay or other financial consequence that may arise from advice provided or not provided by this service.

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Page last updated: 16 Feb 2021