Local governments selected to revolutionise approvals processes for small business

Small Business Minister Paul Papalia has announced the first three local government authorities chosen to undertake a new program to streamline approvals processes for small businesses.

The Small Business Friendly Approvals Program will make it easier for small businesses to operate in Western Australia by smoothing the process of accessing permits and licences from local government authorities.

The program is ultimately designed to make it easier to start, operate and grow a business in WA by saving businesses time and money when interacting with local government authorities.

The cities of Melville, Rockingham and Wanneroo are the first group of councils selected to take part in the program.

The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)-led program is funded by the WA Government via Streamline WA – as part of a focus on accelerating regulatory reform to support economic recovery in response to COVID-19.

The cities of Canning and Stirling successfully piloted the program with the SBDC in late 2019, identifying reform initiatives that could reduce approval timeframes for development applications by over 30 days, resulting in significant time and cost savings for small business.

Seventeen more Western Australian local governments will participate in the Small Business Friendly Approvals Program by the end of 2022.

Source: WA Government