Sunshine Coast Council will assist local business with commercial fees and charges relief as part of an economic stimulation package to help businesses survive the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following approval from council at the March 19 Ordinary Meeting, the Chief Executive Officer is now authorised to exercise discretion to review and, if required, waive, commercial and cost recovery fees during the national declared emergency.
Council staff have been tasked with urgently exploring every opportunity to assist our community and local businesses and this includes tailored business support solutions which are currently being developed.
Council will consult with businesses asking, for example, if they need a review, reimbursement or waiver of fees and charges on footpath and outdoor dining and trading, food licensing fees, community and major events and filming applications and refunds on venue hire bookings, among others.
Officers are also exploring how best to keep the construction industry moving and ensure that jobs and money flowing through the economy continues. Short term accommodation property owners wishing to change their offering to long term accommodation will be able to seek a review of their general rates category.