Business Improvement District
Frequently Asked Questions...
The Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District (HBDBID) is an organization, comprised of the businesses located in downtown Huntington Beach. Its sole purpose is the dedication to the improvement of the economic business environment of Downtown HB related to marketing, beautification, safety, maintenance, tourism, parking and special events. Established in 2004, this corporation is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation which not only enhances the area, but also provides opportunities, service, information and encourages businesses to work together for the collective best interest of the businesses and the community.
All Huntington Beach Downtown BID Members should take advantage of what the BID has to offer via marketing, advertising or any opportunities to get your business name out there. We send monthly newsletters to over 6,000 community members. This is the perfect opportunity for you to include your promotional material.
WHAT IS A BID?
A business improvement district (BID) is a defined area within which businesses pay an additional tax (or levy) in order to fund projects within the district's boundaries. The BID is often funded primarily through the levy but can also draw on other public and private funding streams. BIDs provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, construction of pedestrian and streetscape enhancements, and marketing the area. The services provided by BIDs are supplemental to those already provided by the municipality.
WHO MANAGES THE HBDBID?
The HBDBID is governed by an elected Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of not more than nine directors. Within the nine board of directors, shall be an executive committee composed of 4 officers - President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to City Council by submitting request for their approval on expenditures of revenues derived from the levy of assessments.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE BID?
Any firm or corporation with a legitimate business license within the defined assessment district in the downtown area of Huntington Beach and businesses outside the assessment area (in the downtown area or property owners) that shall voluntarily pay the assessment may participate, with pre-approval of the Board. Memberships are known as stakeholders. The defined area is pictured as such.
HOW ARE THE ANNUAL FEES CALCULATED AND WHAT ARE THE AMOUNTS?
Fees are recommended by the Board of Directors and may be modified once a fiscal year, with the approval of the Huntington Beach City Council. Assessment fees are as follows:
- Assessments excluded for apartments, real estate agents, non-profits, home based businesses and temporary vendors.
- Businesses and non-profit organizations outside the area may join with the approval of the BID Board by paying the equivalent fee annually.
- Non-profit organizations within the BID Assessment Zone can voluntarily participate by paying $30 to the Downtown BID directly.
WHAT DO THE FEES GO TOWARD?
The assessment fees collected are applied towards the improvement of the economic business environment of Downtown Huntington Beach related to marketing, beautification, safety, maintenance, tourism, parking and special events.
WHEN DOES THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEET?
The Board of Directors meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The meeting agendas are posted on the HBDIBD website (www.hbdowntown.com).
CAN THE PUBLIC ATTEND THE MEETINGS?
The public is welcome to attend and have the opportunity to speak to the Board at the meetings.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Every BID Member should get involved! There are many opportunities for involvement from being elected and participating on the Board, to serving on one of the many committees the HBDBID has to offer. We are always looking for new ideas and consistently working to continuously improve Huntington Beach Downtown. If you are interested, please contact us and join one of the current committees: