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New Flexibility for Christmas Trading Hours

The NSW Government has introduced trading hour flexibility for the busy pre-Christmas period, allowing 24 hour trade across the state without the need for approval. This flexibility, which is granted subject to certain conditions (including zoning) is restricted to a two week period starting from 11 December 2014.

The relevant changes to the Exempt and Complying Development Code SEPP were introduced in February after a protracted period of consultation and delay dating as far back as 2011.

The changes do not override a centre’s core trading hour arrangements or Christmas trading hour arrangements which may have been already agreed with retailers. It remains up to individual centres to work with their retailers to determine the opening hours that best suit customer demand for the pre-Christmas period.

FWO provides advice and transaction services in all areas of leasing and retail law. If you have any questions in relation to your lease, opening hours or retail obligations, call FWO’s leasing solicitor John Watson on 6650 7017.

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