Council & City

Business Improvement District Policy

This policy outlines the process and requirements for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to form a proposal.

A Business Improvement District is a partnership between a local authority and a geographically-defined local business community to develop projects and services. These should benefit the trading environment and place identity, and align with the local authority’s strategic direction.

A BID is supported by a targeted rate, levied on and collected from properties within the defined boundary.

A BID provides a vehicle for local business-led initiatives that support key city objectives of vibrant centres, increased employment, business creation and development.

This policy addresses:

  • The responsibilities of the Council and BID Associations
  • The city objectives that a BID must meet
  • The process to establish a BID
  • The operation of a BID
  • Managing the performance of a BID