Brisbane City Council offers rates relief to businesses facing hardship

27 March 2020, Written by Matt Ogg

Brisbane City Council offers rates relief to businesses facing hardship

The Brisbane City Council (BCC) has responded to community concerns by offering rates relief to businesses and residents experiencing hardship due to the impacts of Covid-19.

The assistance will apply to all ratepayers, including owner occupiers, non-owner occupiers and businesses.

Payment plans or deferred payment arrangements will be offered for up to 9 months and interest will not be applied to any outstanding amounts. Rates rating recovery processing will cease until further notice.

This is in addition to the $7.9 million business relief package released last week that is designed to relieve some of the pressure on businesses and other organisations while they take stock of the impacts on their operations as the coronavirus crisis unfolds.

Council will waive all charges, rents, levies and permit fees effective immediately for all businesses, as they face economic hardship caused by coronavirus impacts.

There will be a moratorium on fees and charges for:

  • footpath and outdoor dining
  • food safety permits
  • commercial river moorings
  • advertising
  • temporary food stalls
  • commercial lease rents
  • commercial stalls, booths, and stands.

Lease fees for community organisations will not be collected. Businesses that have paid these fees since 1 March 2020 will have them refunded.

Updated at 3:32pm AEDT on 27 March 2020.

 
Author: Matt Ogg

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