COVID-19 Local Government Support Measures

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In addition to the plethora of Federal and State Government relief packages, local governments across Queensland have announced various support measures to further soften the economic impact of COVID-19 and support local businesses and community organisations.    


We have detailed a number of initiatives announced to date which are relative to the industry and will continue to update the below as further information is released. 

Brisbane City Council

  • Waiving all fees for advertising, signs, hoardings and structures for the period of 1 March to 30 June 2020.

Cairns Regional Council

  • Waiving all outdoor dining fees for three months (April to June).

Gold Coast City Council

  • Waiving all development application fees relating directly to the COVID-19 emergency until 30 June 2020 (i.e. a restaurant converting a drive through take-away business).

Ipswich City Council

  • Waiving all footpath dining fees, food licence, temporary food stall/premises fees until 30 June 2020.

Logan City Council

  • A 50% refund on all operational license fees paid since July 2019 and all new operational application fees will be waived until 31 August 2020.

Mackay Regional Council

  • Providing a 50% discount on all development application fees for a 6 month period between April and October 2020.

Moreton Bay Regional Council

  • Grants up to a maximum of $50,000 are available for eligible community organisations to undertake existing facility maintenance and renewal projects. Grants can cover up to 100% of the project costs.  Applications close Monday 27 April 2020.  MBRC will notify all applicants of their application’s outcome 10 business days after the closing date and will release funds to successful applicants within 7 business days of being notified.  Works must commence within 6 months of funds been distributed.

Noosa Shire Council

  • Offering the deferred payment of infrastructure charges until July 2021 or prior to the sale of (or part of) the completed development, whichever comes sooner
  • Suspending all footpath dining and commercial permit fees until 30 June 2020.

Queensland Urban Utilities

  • While we note QUU is not a local government, they are offering until 25 September 2020, a one-time 50% reduction on ‘Extension of currency requests’ fees for Water Approvals due to expire in the next 12 months.

Sunshine Coast Council

  • Offering to stage the payment of Council infrastructure charges for material change of use developments for up to 3 years (with the initial payment being deferred for 6 – 9 months)
  • Waiving or reimbursing all footpath/outdoor dining and trading permit fees from 1 March until 31 July 2020
  • Waiving or reimbursing all food licensing fees from 1 March until 31 August 2020
  • Waiving or reimbursing all commercial low-use / commercial high use permits from 1 March until 31 July 2020.


  • Waiving all outdoor dining and temporary food stall fees until 30 June 2020.

If you have any queries or need assistance applying for any of the above relief packages, please contact Mia at Hickey Oatley Planning & Development on 0401 349 601.

Mia Hickey

Author Mia Hickey

Mia is the Director and Principal Town Planner at Hickey Oatley Planning & Development. Mia is a passionate and driven professional, who has experience leading a wide variety of planning and development projects, establishing a key expertise in the facilitation of major development projects from inception through to delivery. With her many years’ experience, Mia has developed an in-depth knowledge of the Planning Act and the commercial realities which underpin a successful project. Mia maintains a focus to continuing professional development and is currently a participant in the Property Council of Australia’s 500 Women in Property initiative.

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