What is a BID?

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a defined commercial area where property owners approve a property assessment for services above and beyond what the city provides. Supplemental BID services can include cleaning, hospitality, marketing, planning, safety, event organizing and programming. BIDs are nonprofit organizations managed by a board of directors. 

Starting a BID

Seeing the success of BIDs around DC and in other cities, many neighborhoods are interested in starting BIDs.  Getting a BID up and running take buy in from property owners, tenants, and other interested stakeholders.  The BID Council has developed an information sheet listing all the steps needed to start a BID.