Licensees on the English Riveria are hoping to go continental this summer as nightclubs and pubs bid to stay open until the early hours.
Many outlets have applied to extend their opening times until 3am. They want to be brought into line with other parts of the country and the rest of Europe in order to make the most of the seasonal business.
A working party will look at which sites may be allowed to stay open and how late.
The move has been welcomed by tourism leaders who hope it will reduce late-night trouble, especially around Torquay harbourside.
A meeting of Torbay Council decided it "endorsed the principle of extending licensing hours in respect of public entertainment where appropriate".
Councillors also said they favoured "a zoned approach in the interests of balancing the extension of the night-time economy with residential amenity".
Applications in seafront and town centre areas are more likely to be given the go-ahead than residential parts of the resort.
The working party aims to recommend a policy in time for the summer season. It will be reviewed in nine months.