About the DC BID Council

The DC BID Council is an association of Washington DC's eleven business improvement districts. Collectively, our members spend $30 million dollars per year to help manage and enhance neighborhoods that are home to 70% of the DC employment base and 40% of the city’s tax base. The DC BID Council brings together BID leaders and stakeholders to collaborate on issues and concerns that cut across all of our boundaries and impact the entire city. 


About DC BIDs

In 1996, the DC City Council passed enabling legislation for business improvement districts (BIDs) and since then, eleven BIDs have been created in DC, and additional BIDs are being formed. The BIDs contribute to the city in many ways. The most visible is the cleaning and safety staff that BIDs provide. They also contribute in many other significant but less visible ways. BIDs work closely with existing businesses to help them grow and thrive, and recruit new stores and restaurants to their areas. BIDs market their areas, organize community building events, provide homeless outreach services, and activate and beautify public space. Download a copy of the 2018 DC BID Profiles report here.  


  For more information about the legacy and impact of DC's Business Improvement Districts: Download our latest publication20 Years of Urban Transformation, A Retrospective of DC BIDs or watch our video about the legacy of DC BIDs.