Lord Mayor extends Council business relief package

Brisbane City Council is continuing to waive all charges, rents, levies and permit fees for all businesses, as they face economic hardship caused by coronavirus impacts. The business relief package applies to businesses and Council lessees who will have a range of fees and charges waived for the next three months.

In addition to a moratorium on fees and charges for footpath and outdoor dining, food safety permits, commercial river moorings, advertising, temporary food stalls, commercial lease rents, and commercial stalls, booths, and stands, lease fees for community organisations will also not be collected.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Council is working hard to help businesses through the challenges of coronavirus.

“Small and large businesses are the backbone of our economy but also one of our biggest employers; and they are staring down financial uncertainty, the likes of which they have never seen before,” he said.

“We are doing everything we can to support our businesses through this extraordinary time. Initially business charges, rent, fees or permits required to be paid were waived until 30 June, however this has now been extended until 31 December 2020. 

Council’s new Business in Brisbane Facebook group is helping to connect local business with the right tools and advice to support each other, and the introduction of seven-day payments for Council’s small business suppliers will ease financial strain, boost cash flow and support local jobs.

“This is about protecting jobs and community organisations, not just the livelihood of business owners.”

“Businesses and staff are under enormous strain as the coronavirus impact erodes customer numbers across all sectors, but particularly the hospitality industry.”

In mid-2019, Council also introduced a new Local Buy procurement policy which aims to lift the number of Council contracts going to local businesses to 80 percent.

Business permit fees, charges, and rents to be waived

This table includes Council business permit fees, charges and rents to be waived information
Fees and charges Waiver details

Footpath dining (fees)

Waived for the period of 1 March to 31 December 2020

Outdoor dining (malls)

Credit of prepaid invoices for the period of 1 March to 31 December 2020 and Council will not pursue unpaid invoices

River Pontoon Moorings (bookings)

 

Credit of prepaid invoices for the period of 1 March to 31 December 2020 and Council will not pursue unpaid invoices

Advertising (application or license)

 

No fees for advertising, signs, hoardings and structures for the period of 1 March to 31 December 2020

Filming (application)

 

Waive or reduce application fees for filming approval at Council owned or controlled land or assets

Entertainment venues and events (booking)

 

Refunds granted for those seeking to cancel their events due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions

Music venues (booking)

 

Refunds granted for those seeking to cancel their events due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions

Food Act 2006 (fees)

Waived or refunded for the period of 1 March to 31 December 2020

Temporary Food Stalls/Premises (fees)

Waived or refunded for the period of 1 March to 31 December 2020

Standing vehicles, stalls booths and stands for commercial or promotional activity

Waived for small business for the period of 1 March to 31 December 2020

City Hall (booking)

 

Refunds granted for those seeking to cancel their booking due to COVID-19     

Community Hall (booking)

 

Refunds granted for those seeking to cancel their booking due to COVID-19

Commercial leases

Rent relief for the March to 31 December 2020 quarter for retail and tourism sector

Various park permit types Park permit fee waived for small business for the period 1 March to 31 December 2020
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Last updated:28 July 2020