Rates Remission (for Businesses)
The Council will provide a remission of the general rate and general charge for six months for the Commercial and Sport and Recreation rates categories, with the exclusion of the following groups:
- Shopping centres
- Multi-national fast food establishments
- Bottle shops
- Petrol stations
- Large retailers (Myer, Bunnings, Harvey Norman etc)
- Post Offices
- Federal and State Government-owned buildings
- UTAS-owned buildings
- Private car parks
- Doctors surgeries
- Vacant buildings
The Council will also not pass on the CBD marketing rate (the Cityprom rate) to those businesses in the Cityprom boundary for six months. The Council is not able to mandate that landlords, who will receive rate relief, pass the remission on to their tenants in the form of rental relief.
In deciding to remit these rate charges, it is the clear intention of the Council that savings are to be passed along to business tenants to ease the pressure on small business and assist in their recovery. However, the Council cannot provide a remission for the waste levy or the Fire Service levy.
All eligible commercial ratepayers will receive notification via email by end of day on 6 May 2020 (if they normally receive their rates notice via email), or in the post this week at the latest. If any business impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic receives a reminder for their fourth instalment, then they have not been identified for an automatic remission. However, they may still apply online for consideration under the Council's Hardship Policy.