Small business fee cuts

Brisbane City Council is backing Brisbane’s small businesses by providing $2 million in cuts to reduce the cost of small business fees and charges from 1 July 2019.

Fee cuts are making it easier for small businesses to succeed and are helping to create thriving suburbs with cafes, food trucks, start-ups and more.

We're also backing more than 124,000 existing small businesses with more support in the suburbs, Business Liaison Officers and a 24/7 business hotline.

If you're a small business owner — head straight to the offering for you.

Bringing your neighbourhood to life

Council is bringing your neighbourhood to life with more to see and do close to home. We’re making Brisbane better by supporting local businesses with a $2 million cut in fees to bring life to your suburb with cafes, food trucks, start-ups and more.

More life in your suburb means more opportunities to connect, work and relax in the unique places that make our communities great.

Information for businesses

Purpose of the discount

Small businesses are the backbone of Brisbane's economy. Council is committed to building Australia's most small business-friendly city with more support in the suburbs and lower fees.

By subsidising small business fees and charges, Council is reducing the compliance cost of obtaining regulatory approvals. 

This will: 

  • remove barriers to starting a business in Brisbane
  • reduce fees while the business is becoming established
  • help Brisbane small businesses save money that they can invest in growing the business
  • give small businesses the best chance for success.


The discounts will be applied for small businesses with up to 19 employees (including part-time and casual) as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Council is using this definition of small business as it is a publicly accepted definition provided by a respected government organisation. Applicants must meet this definition to be eligible for the discount.

How to apply for the discount

For new applications, eligibility will be assessed on the application forms (both online and hard copy) and the relevant discounts will be applied at the time of submitting the application, with the small business paying a reduced fee. 

For renewals, the renewal notice issued to the customer will provide instructions for how existing licensees can apply for a discount.

Percentage discounts

The discounts include 100%, 50% and 10% with a higher discount offered to start-ups to help them thrive and grow at a time when they need the most help.

Full details of the discounts offered are available for each category: 

More information

For further information about small business fee cuts, contact Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Brisbane just keeps getting better. New business initiatives are bringing our suburbs to life.

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Last updated: 14 January 2021