There are more than 6,600 businesses in the Tweed Shire. Approximately 90% of businesses are small business with less than five employees.
Tweed Shire Council actively supports small business through a range of initiatives and policies and is proud to be 'Small Business Friendly' as part of the state-wide initiative, The Small Business Friendly Councils Program.
Council has a regulatory role for small business in the granting of development approvals, conducting inspections to ensure compliance with legislative standards and issuing some licences and permits. There are three Units in Council that may regulate different aspects of your business:
- Development Assessment Unit for Development Applications including Change of Use Applications;
- Building Unit for Complying Development Applications and Construction Certificates; and
- Environmental Health Unit for all public health and safety compliance including Food Safety Inspections.
Small Business Friendly Councils Program
The NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) has partnered with the NSW Business Chamber to develop a ground-breaking Small Business Friendly Councils Program
to increase the number of councils working proactively with small businesses.
The OSBC and NSW Business Chamber want to improve the overall business climate for small businesses in NSW and raise awareness of the difference local government can make by better engaging with small business.
Councils who sign up to the Program commit to a Charter which sets out a number of benchmarks councils must agree to meet to foster and support small businesses in their area. Since the launch of the Program in September 2014, participating councils across NSW have begun to introduce innovative and inspiring initiatives and programs to support small business.
What's New for Small Business? WebinarWhat's New for Small Business?
is an interagency webinar by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission , Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Fair Work Ombudsman and Australian Taxation Office, facilitated by Business Enterprise Centres Australia. Topics discussed include: new laws that protect small business; red tape reduction and federal budget measures; and new online tools and digital services.
You can view the webinar below.