City of Hobart support and information

City of Hobart support and information

The City of Hobart is working hard to support businesses through the pandemic.

Fill in our COVID-19 community impact form to help us understand what you are experiencing and what we can do to help. Your feedback will be sent straight to our new Business Concierge service.

Assistance for our hospitality sector

The City of Hobart wants to support business operators as they move along the Roadmap for a COVID-safe Tasmania, including complying with the physical distancing requirements and occupation limits.

To do this, we have established a process where businesses can apply to amend their existing permits or apply for a new permit to occupy a public space within the Hobart municipal area, where possible, to give them more space to trade.

Permit to occupy may be issued to restaurant and café owners and operators to place tables, chairs, umbrellas and other furniture used for outdoor dining. Minimum dimensions must be maintained so that pedestrians can easily move along a footpath, and other conditions and fees apply. A permit will be issued only if the safe and convenient access and movement of pedestrians is maintained.

Application fees associated for these permits have been waived until 30 March 2022.

For more information visit the permit to occupy a public space page, or contact the Executive Manager City Placemaking, Philip Holliday on 03 6238 2589 or

Economic recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause major impacts on the Hobart community, businesses and our economy.

The Economic Response and Recovery Framework and Action Plan were developed to guide how the City is approaching immediate and medium-term economic recovery. These were built on engagement with Hobart businesses and community members through interviews, and ongoing conversations through City projects and programs.

COVID-19 Economic Recovery Framework Summary(PDF, 141KB)

COVID-19 Economic Response and Recovery Framework and Action Plan 2020-22 - June 2021 update(PDF, 1MB)

The Action Plan has four initiatives made up of 29 projects. These projects are being implemented through programs across the City of Hobart organisation, ranging from activating public spaces to helping market local businesses.

Looking after your mental health

The impacts and challenges of the pandemic on our business community is ongoing so addressing stress is vitally important. Please visit Ahead for Business, a dedicated support service for business owners and those that support them.

Join our business e-newsletter list

Keep in the loop with what we are doing for businesses by joining the business email newsletter.

Business Grants

Visit our grants and funding page for the latest information on open and upcoming grant rounds, including Business Grants.

Hello Hobart

Hello Hobart is a marketing campaign that promotes Hobart, its retail stores, cafes and restaurants, and everything in between that makes Hobart special.

We share the stores of the people behind the stores, their inspiration and celebrate the enthusiasm they bring to this wonderful city even in the face of adversity such as the pandemic.

Hobart businesses are encouraged to connect with Hello Hobart to get the most from the campaign: