Guide to BIDs for Local Authorities

This Guide focuses on the core roles and responsibilities that a local authority is required to undertake in relation to a ratepayer-based Business Improvement District (BID) development, management and termination.

BIDs are business-led partnerships focused on improving and enhancing commercial and other areas. These areas are typically within town and city centres, commercial locations and industrial estates, but can also cover tourist areas and one-off projects. Despite the business led approach there are still a series of critical roles that a local authority is required to perform to facilitate the establishment, smooth running and termination as required.

It is the responsibility of both the local authority and the BID proposer to thoroughly read and understand the BID legislation to ensure the processes are executed appropriately.