Support for Local Businesses

Support from the City of Bayswater

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a time of uncertainty for us all. The City of Bayswater is doing all that we can to support local businesses.

Council has reallocated funding from the cancellation of three of the City’s community events, and future rounds of two of the City’s grants programs, towards supporting local business manage this situation.

    Let us help you promote your business

    Buy in Baysie is our online platform, designed to help people far and wide purchase everything from food, homewares, books, gifts - anything - from businesses in our local community.

    Let us know your businesses details, and with your permission we can help promote your business offering to the entire community.

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    Buy in Baysie grants

    One of the ways the City of Bayswater is supporting local businesses is through our Buy in Baysie grant funding. Local businesses are invited to apply for up to $750 to help move some of their goods or services online. 

    Click the link below to apply for a grant.

    Apply for a Buy in Baysie grant

    Cuts to planning fees

    In a bid to support local business and promote development during the COVID-19 crisis, Bayswater Council resolved to reduce or waive fees for planning applications. The recommended changes by the City’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee will remain in place for at least the next six months.

    Snapshot of fee reductions:

    • Home business application and renewal fees - waived
    • Food truck permit fee – waived
    • Change of use fee for businesses - waived 
    • Swimming pool inspection fee – waived
    • Administration fees for building plan and development approval searches – waived
    • Development application fee - reduced by 50%
    • Design Review Panel fee - reduced by 50%
    • Permit to store building materials on a verge - reduced by 50%

    Alfresco permits

    The City has waived the requirement for an alfresco permit to help local businesses get back up and running as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease. Following an announcement by Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday, Western Australia will enter phase two of the State’s four-phase roadmap to recovery from 18 May. This will see cafés and restaurants begin to reopen with dine in meal service limited to 20 patrons and the four square metre rule applied. 

    Resources for support

    State Government support

    For the latest information and advice from the State Government, including WA's roadmap to recovery and how it will affect your business, visit the Coronavirus business and industry advice page.

    Business and industry advice

    Businesses across Western Australia will need to prepare a COVID Safety Plan to protect staff and customers. Your COVID Safety Plan Certificate needs to be on display in a visible location on the premises. Find out more about the plan and COVID Safety Guidelines below.

    COVID safety plans

    The State Government has released a range of support options for business financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The link below contains the most up to date information on financial support including rent relief, grants for commercial landlords and options for small and medium businesses. 

    Financial relief for businesses 

    The Department of Health has released a fact sheet  to assist building owners and operators to reopen buildings that have been fully or partially closed for more than 30 days.

    Download the fact sheet

    Federal Government support

    The latest information financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses can be found on the website. 

    Federal government support for businesses

    New laws have been introduced to provide support for commercial and residential tenants and landlords. Find out more

    Information for employers

    Information for employers at Department of Health Information for employers or call 1800 020 080 or 131 450 if you require translating or interpreting services.

    • Find out more about the government's JobKeeper program and how it can help you keep your staff employed
    • Learn how to claim a tax deduction while working from home
    Employment and wages

    Free help is available for business owners with employment and wages queries and issues - Fair Work Helpline or call 1300 853 591.

    Working from home

    If you're temporarily working from home because of the Coronavirus and your normal work place is not at home, you do not need a home office registration from the City.

    A home office registration is required for people who are self-employed and work from home on a permanent basis. A home office registration is free and can be obtained by completing and submitting the home office registration form to the City via the link below:,-permits-and-guidelines/home-based-businesses

    Home occupations and home businesses which entail customers coming to your property (eg. a home beauty business) still require planning approval.  For further information please contact the City's Development Approvals on 9272 0921.

    Information for hospitality businesses

    Food businesses including cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels, roadhouses, taverns and casino were allowed to reopen from 18 May 2020, subject to mandatory conditions. Find out more about how this impacts your business at the link below. 

    COVID Safety Plan and Guidelines for food businesses

    To prepare the hospitality industry for a return to business, the State Government launched a mandatory COVID-19 hygiene training program to protect the public and venue staff.

    Hospitality & Tourism COVID-19 Hygiene Course

    Download the City's food safety tips at the link below.

    Download here

    Small Business Development Corporation

    General small business support is available from the Small Business Development Corporation - Contact the SBDC or call 133 140.


    Get online

    NBN Co released a support package to help help internet providers to support their residential and small and medium business customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief fund is aimed at helping internet providers connect low-income households with home schooling needs, supporting emergency and essential services, and assisting small and medium businesses and residential customers who are facing financial hardship. Find out more about how this could help your business.

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