City of Hobart Support and Information

City of Hobart support and information

The City of Hobart is working hard to support businesses throughout the pandemic and into recovery.

Business Grants

Two grant programs were launched to help small business respond/adapt to COVID-19.

The eCommerce Support Grant and the Professional Assistance Grants have both now closed.

  • 234 successful applications
  • Over $118,000 in funding awarded
  • Projects supported included launching a website, seeking assistance with accounting through to writing a new marketing strategy.

The Business Adaptation and Assistance Grant will open in mid-September 2020.

Apply to extend outdoor dining

To assist businesses in complying with physical distancing requirements and occupation limits, the City is allowing operators to amend their existing outdoor dining permits. This will allow businesses, where possible, to have a greater space to trade.

Evaluation of amended permits for businesses is ongoing and will continue to be reviewed while restrictions are in place for Covid-19. Any permit granted will be reviewed at the end of February 2021, or as determined by City of Hobart’s General Manager.

More information and application form.

Financial Hardship Assistance Policy

Council has adopted a Financial Hardship Assistance Policy(PDF, 945KB)  to provide assistance to ratepayers suffering financial hardship by providing an appropriate level of relief from rates.

Community Support Package

Further support is available to the Hobart ratepayers and businesses via a Community Support Package.
This includes:

  • Interest and penalties will be deferred for ratepayers having difficulty paying the fourth installment of rates payments for the 2019-20 financial year.
  • Council has adopted a Financial Hardship Assistance Policy(PDF, 945KB) to provide assistance to ratepayers suffering financial hardship by providing an appropriate level of relief from rates.
  • A freeze on general rates and most fees and charges for the 2020-21 financial year.
  • Rent relief for tenants of City-owned premises who are experiencing hardship.
  • Waiving of fees, such as for outdoor dining and food licences.
  • Establishment of an online store to support Salamanca Market stallholders.

A strengthened commitment to local procurement.

View the full Report to Council.

Salamanca Market

Supporting our stallholders who operate at Salamanca Market, we have created an online store for you to still view and purchase from the comfort of your own home. There’s over 400 products to browse. Visit

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, or our Get Help from our Hobart Together resource page. 

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