As part of its $4 million COVID-19 relief package announced at the beginning of April, the City cut red tape and waived fees on many services, including outdoor dining permit applications.
In order to further support businesses during this unprecedented time, the City will now fast track any new outdoor dining permit applications and extend the expiry dates of all current outdoor dining permits. This means, businesses will not have to renew their permits at the end of the current financial year.
The additional reduction in red tape at the City comes after Premier Mark McGowan suggested local governments could ease alfresco restrictions to allow more hospitality businesses to comply with the newly introduced 4sqm rule for up to 20 patrons.
The City hasn’t charged annual fees for outdoor dining permits since 2015, but the extension on permits and fast-tracking of applications will save time and stress for local business owners.
“We want to ensure businesses can adapt to the changing environment quickly and help to alleviate some stress during this unprecedented time,” Mayor Penny Taylor said.
“We have also introduced other measures to help support our businesses, including free parking in City-owned carparks, a business capacity building program, rates relief and financial hardship consideration, and rent relief for tenants of City-owned properties.
“So many members of our community are hurting right now and we should help support them through this difficult time.”
The Health and Compliance team are currently working with any City food business that wishes to maximise their outdoor dining opportunities, and are available to help with queries on the COVID-19 Safety Plan which businesses will need to complete before recommencing operations.