COVID-19 Local Business Support Package

To support local businesses and community groups impacted by the Federal and State Government response to COVID-19, Council introduced a policy on 25 March 2020 detailing support and/or waivers of fees or charges, particularly for those impacted by enforced closures.

D5-49 Waiving Charges during COVID-19 Pandemic Policy (140KB)

The provisions in the policy are outlined below. 

But please also note these updates over time.

 

Updates on the Policy

Following the NSW Govt decision to ease certain restrictions for businesses from 1 June 2020, businesses will be required to recommence full lease or license payments to Council from 1 August 2020. 

Similarly, with the easing of restrictions on community sporting activities from 1 July 2020, the waiving of ground hire fees for not for profit community sporting clubs ended on 1 September 2020. 

 

Outdoor Dining and Goods on Footpath Licences with Council

  • Waive outdoor dining and goods on footpath fees for the duration of the enforced closure, plus two (2) months to facilitate re-establishment from when the closure period is officially relaxed - for businesses that have had to temporarily close or change their trading practices.
  • Credit for outdoor dining and goods on footpath fees paid in advance.
  • Waive interest for any existing arrears at the commencement of the enforced closure.
  • For more information refer to Clause 4.1 of the Policy.

Letter sent to Tenants by Council's Property Manager, Colliers (152KB)

 

Rental/Lease Fees for Community (not for profit) Groups occupying Council Owned community, recreational and pporting facilities under lease

  • Waive rental/lease fees associated with the tenancy agreement for the duration of the enforced closure period, plus two (2) months for re-establishment for when the closure period is officially relaxed.
  • Waive existing arrears at the commencement of the enforced closure.
  • For more information refer to Clause 4.2 of the Policy.

 

Rental/Lease Fees for Cafés/Restaurants occupying Council Owned premises under lease

  • Waive rent/lease for the duration of the enforced closure, plus two (2) months to facilitate re-establishment from when the closure period is officially relaxed - for businesses that have had to temporarily close or who are now providing take-away only services.
  • Waive interest for any existing arrears at the commencement of the enforced closure
  • Tenants must ensure the leased premises remain in a clean and safe condition throughout the enforced closure period, and all other conditions of the Lease/Tenancy Agreement are met.
  • For more information refer to Clause 4.3 of the Policy.

 

Temporary parking access arrangement for Cafés/Restaurants

  • Parking access arrangements (free of charge) to facilitate take-away deliveries for the duration of the enforced closure period will be considered by Council on a case by case basis, subject to the specific location and situation of the business. All requests must be made in writing via email to takeawayaccessrequests@northsydney.nsw.gov.au, use email subject "Food Takeaway Parking Request". Note: may take up to 72 hours to process requests.
  • For more information refer to Clause 4.4 of the Policy.

 

Other Small Businesses which have a currently executed lease with Council

  • Waive rental/lease fees for the duration of enforced closure, plus two (2) months for re-establishment from when the closure period is officially relaxed - for businesses that have temporarily closed or suffering financial hardship. Requests must be made in writing via email to council@northsydney.nsw.gov.au, with supporting documentation demonstrating financial hardship.
  • 50% rent rebate for businesses that remain open/still operating.
  • Waive interest for any existing arrears at the commencement of the enforced closure, considered on case by case basis.
  • For more information refer to Clause 4.5 of the Policy.

 

Food Shop Inspection Fees

  • Council’s food premises inspection program resumed 1 February 2021, with routine inspections and fees payable.

  • Food inspection compliance must continue in order to ensure safe food handling practices - Council’s focus is on public health and safety while supporting food shops through this difficult time.

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