The Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District (HBDBID) is an organization, comprised of the businesses located in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street, and 5th and PCH. 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 organization is a non-profit 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.
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. BIDs provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, Ambassadors, event planning, Surf City Night Street Fair and Certified Farmer's Market, making capital improvements, construction of pedestrian and streetscape enhancements, and marketing the area. The services provided by the BID is supplemental to those already provided by the City of HB.
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, is an executive committee composed of four 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 CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT SURF CITY NIGHTS?
Surf City Nights is on Tuesdays 5:00 - 9:00 pm on Main Street. It is a Certified Farmers Market. For more information and to become a vendor email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 is a member of the HBDBID. Also, any businesses outside the assessment area (in the downtown area or property owners) can voluntarily pay the assessment and 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, security, maintenance, tourism, parking and special events.
WHEN DOES THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEET?
The dates are posted on the meeting agendas which are posted on the HBDIBD website.
CAN THE PUBLIC ATTEND THE MEETINGS?
The public is welcome to attend and have the opportunity to speak to the Board at the meetings during public comments for up to three minutes each.
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 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.
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