Small business fee reductions

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

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: 

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

Last updated:1 July 2019