Business Improvement Areas

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. BIA map

The Seattle BIAs are listed below. Click through to explore the managing organizations' website.

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The BIA Handbook - A reference for current and potential BIAs

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For questions about your BIA assessments, please contact the BIA Administrator at, 206-684-5221 or 206-233-7172.

Top Reasons to Create a BIA

  • BIAs are conceived, designed, and managed locally by those who are paying the assessments.
  • Everyone in the district is required to pay their fair share. In other words, business and/or property owners pool their money to do things they want to do and that are best done collectively.

neighborhood photoBIAs use their funds for the following kinds of services:

  • Parking
  • Joint marketing
  • Cleanup and maintenance
  • Security
  • Special events
  • Beautification
  • Professional management

Each BIA is governed by a ratepayer's advisory board. The City collects the assessments and reimburses BIA expenses.

Help 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.

City-wide BIA Policies

The Citywide BIA Policies provide guidance for the City and for BIA proponents. The purpose of these BIA policies is to provide consistency, equity, and predictability in submission or consideration of proposals to establish, expand or disestablish a BIA.

BIA Ordinances

 Capitol Hill


 Columbia City


 Pioneer Square

 Seattle Tourism


 University District

 West Seattle