The appearance of our town, our businesses and the surrounding streets create a powerful first impression of the hinterland gateway of the Sunshine Coast.

The Nambour Shopfront Improvement Program has now completed and closed for applications.

What is the Shopfront Improvement Program

The Nambour Shopfront Improvement Program has been established to assist business owners with the cost of upgrading the aesthetic, vibrancy, and attractiveness of shop fronts to encourage retail activation and engagement.

As a dedicated Gateway Precinct, Sunshine Coast Council is committed to ensuring the Nambour business district welcomes visitors with attractive commercial streetscapes.

Providing welcoming and interactive facades can increase footfall and patronage by amplifying the visual and physical connection with customers.

Businesses can apply for funding to support shopfront improvements through a Council contribution. Council will support matched funding up to a maximum contribution of $5,000.

Businesses are encouraged to develop improvement ideas that:

What is a Shopfront?

For the purpose of the Shopfront Improvement Incentive Program, a shopfront is a physical business premises within the CBD area that is on the street level, usually contains display windows and is open to and trades with consumers from those premises.

The applicant must have customers who come to the shopfront in order to purchase goods or services. Examples of on-street shopfronts include, but are not limited to, a café, restaurant, retail store, art gallery, healthcare or service provider, which can be accessed from a street or laneway.

What Type of Improvements can be made?

Assistance towards costs is available for long-term, street-level improvements to your shopfront.  These can include:

The Shopfront Improvement assistance is not available for:

We Welcome Your Ideas

If you think your shopfront can be improved in other ways, call us to discuss your ideas.

We would also welcome proposals where a number of nearby businesses would like to collaborate to enhance collective street appeal.

Who Can Apply?

Under the Nambour Shopfront Improvement Program, businesses located in the Nambour town centre areas will be considered.


Properties owned or managed by Sunshine Coast Council or a State or Federal Government agency are not eligible to receive assistance under this Program.

Council procurement policies will be applied to any costs met by Council.

When can I Apply?

The Nambour Shopfront Improvement Program opens May 2023 with ongoing assessments until the budget is expended.

What is the Application Process?

Step 1

Use this guide to determine if the improvement you have in mind is eligible and if you are located in a street where the Shopfront Improvement Program is available.

Step 2

Obtain two written quotes from licensed contractors for the project works.

Step 3

Complete and submit the Shopfront Improvement Program application form with the required documentation (quotes for the work, written consent of the property owner and photo of the excising shopfront).

Step 4

Your application will be assessed by a panel of representatives from key stakeholder groups in Nambour.

Step 5

A decision will be made once all permissions and approvals have been obtained. Successful projects will be advised of details of their approved project in writing.

Step 6

Approved works commence and must be completed as approved within a three-month period (unless otherwise agreed).

Step 7

Upon completion of the work, notify Council to arrange a site inspection.

Note: Council may contact you following receipt of your application to discuss the project or to request additional information. If your proposed improvement requires Development Approval you will be asked to submit a Development Application (fees apply).  Applications are assessed on their merits and there is no guarantee that Council approve a contribution towards the costs of your project.

Submitting Your Application

Please submit the completed application form and supporting documentation online via the following form.

For additional information please contact:

Jemma Slater | Project Officer – Place Activation
Mobile:  0458 407 211

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