Shops, restaurants and other businesses across Sydney's CBD would be allowed to trade 24 hours a day under a radical proposal being put forward by the city's council.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore on Tuesday unveiled a draft plan to ease planning controls and jump-start Sydney's nightlife and economy nearly five years after the state government introduced strict lockout laws.
The changes include extending 24-hour trading across the city centre, allowing shops and businesses on high streets to trade until 2am, and new late-night zones in growing areas such as Barangaroo and Green Square.
Ms Moore said most people don't want a city that shuts down as soon as the sun sets.
"The changes we are proposing to our controls manage the balance between allowing well-managed venues to continue to trade, and any impacts on local neighbourhoods," she said in a statement.
"They respond to the very strong demand for a thriving, late-night city and set the foundations for a truly 24-hour Sydney into the future."
While the council will consider the proposals on November 19, any changes will still be subject to the NSW government's lockout laws.