Local businesses get helping hand as fees and charges cut

16 July 2020

NPDC has cut the cost of doing business by slashing many of our fees and charges as part of the $20 million Get Back On Our Feet measures to help the economic recovery after Covid-19.

The cuts to fees and charges for existing business cover building and property, wining and dining, and tattoo and beauty parlours and hairdressers. Homeowners will also benefit if they’re planning on home improvements and shoppers will get an hour of free parking in the city centre.

“A lot of businesses have been hit-hard by the Covid-19 economic storm so cutting fees and charges should help make it easier for them. We want people to shop local so we’re helping by slashing the renewal fees for hospitality, beauty, tattoo and hair salon businesses and giving the city centre a shot in the arm with one hour of free parking,” says New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom.

“Our tradies and small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and these measures are about helping them Get Back On Their Feet after Covid-19.”

Brougham Hairdressers & Gifts owner Wendy Ashton hailed the measures and thanked NPDC for helping local businesses. “I really appreciate what the Council has done with the cutting of fees. People are often quick to complain and see the negative but I want to say how wonderful this is for businesses.”

Kirsty Nicholls, of Stranz Hair Design, added that the cut in fees to $1 was ‘awesome’. “This is very helpful during these stressful financial times.”

The cuts in fees and charges are worth about $1.3 million and include:

  • Helping the hospitality sector and beauty, tattoo and hair parlours by cutting licence renewal fees to $1.
  • Wiping fees for on-street dining, temporary road closures or events in our parks.
  • Two hours of free processing for resource consents and free approvals of engineering plans with subdivision applications.
  • First $1,000 of building consent processing fees wiped. (Central Government fees still apply).
  • Delaying the contributions property developers make to NPDC when subdividing land.
  • One hour of free parking in the city centre over winter until 30 September.

As well as the cuts in fees and charges, NPDC’s $20 million Back On Our Feet package includes:

  • $8m in rates relief with the deferment of payments for six months or a year.
  • $7.5m to expand the Home Insulation scheme, providing work for tradies to make residents’ homes warmer and greener.
  • $450,000 in extra funding for grassroots groups.
  • $165,000 for small and medium businesses via Venture Taranaki SME grant.
  • $90,000 community and commercial rent relief.
  • $50,000 to help buildings owners keep main street properties looking good.
  • Continuing to ‘Buy local’ and giving Taranaki contractors and suppliers an advantage when bidding for NPDC works.

For more information head here or call NPDC on 06-759 6060.

Gene Martin