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The Importance of Small Business

Tweed Shire Council recognises the vital role that small business plays, not only in the broader national economy, but also in its contribution to the financial and social well-being of Tweed Shire's business and residential communities.

Council is proud to be ‘small business friendly’ as part of the state-wide initiative, The Small Business Friendly Councils Program, and is committed to working proactively with small businesses.

Key information for establishing and operating a small business within Tweed Shire

Small businesses need to contend with a range of Federal, State and local government regulatory requirements. Tweed Shire Council’s role is primarily that of a land use, transport, building, and environmental health regulator.

To aid new small business operators, Council has prepared four Small business Guides to guide small business owners through the necessary regulatory requirements. The Small Business Guides are available for: Retail Businesses; Food Businesses; Home-based businesses; and Beauty Services and Tattooing.

Contacting Council Staff for Assistance

Duty Planners within Council’s Development Assessment Unit and Building & Environmental Health Units are available to assist small business operators with enquiries regarding Council approvals and regulatory processes.

Visit Council's Contact Centre office at Murwillumbah, between the hours of 8:30am to 4:15pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays) or call the Contact Centre on 1300 292 872 / 1300 292 TSC, and ask to speak with a Duty Planner.

Click on the headings below for FAQs relating to establishing and operating a business in Tweed Shire.

Step 1 – What type of planning or building approval do you require?
Step 2 – How to prepare and lodge an application to Council?
Step 3 – What Costs are Involved?
Step 4 – What are the timeframes for determining a council application?
Step 5 – When can you start operating your new business?
Step 6 – What are the operational issues that you need to be aware of?
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Last Updated: 06 July 2016