Local Business Support Package during COVID-19

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)

 

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 Sporting 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:

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

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