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, West Seattle, and SODO.
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.
Links to the Ordinances for Each BIA:Pioneer Square
Establishing BIA (10-1-13)
Establishing BIA (10-8-13)
Tourism Improvement Area
Establishing BIA (09-30-11)
Metropolitan Improvement Area
Establishing BIA (05-14-13)
Establishing BIA (6-9-1994)
West Seattle Junction
Establishing BIA (3-5-1987)
Rate changes (10-2-12)
Establishing BIA (9-11-86)
Establishing BIA (1-26-09)
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