BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREAS (BIAs) are funding mechanisms for business district revitalization and management. They are assessments on businesses and/or properties within defined boundaries. The funds collected are used to provide services for the mutual benefit of the businesses and properties being assessed.
The Seattle BIAs are Broadway/Capitol Hill, Chinatown/International District, Columbia City, Downtown Metropolitan Improvement District, Seattle Tourism Improvement Area, Pioneer Square, University District, and West Seattle.
The BIA Handbook
Top Reasons to Create a BIA
BIAs use their funds for the following kinds of services:
Each BIA is governed by a ratepayer's advisory board. The City collects the assessments and reimburses BIA expenses.
Help for forming a Business Improvement Area (BIA). Business districts interested in learning about creating a BIA or revising an existing BIA, can apply through OED's annual Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Applications (RFA) process to work with experienced city staff and consultants.
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