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Downtown Business Improvement District

More than 300 businesses in the City's Downtown area are members of the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District, known as the Downtown BID.   Each business pays an annual assessment which supports the BID's efforts to market the Downtown to locals and visitors.

In June 2002, downtown merchants approached the City of Huntington Beach about forming a new Business Improvement District in the downtown commercial area. On September 7, 2004 the City Council approved Ordinance No. 3661 to establish the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) as a method of marketing the downtown area. Downtown businesses are assessed based on their size, location and business type. Assessments currently range from $100 to $1,500 per annum. Funding decisions are made by a seven-member BID Advisory Board, which is selected by election from the businesses which pay the assessments.

The Advisory Board is made up of business leaders with a vision to strengthen and improve the experience of the downtown business district of Huntington Beach. Working collectively with their members, local residents and the City of Huntington Beach, the BID is dedicated to enhancing the overall Downtown Business Improvement Plan for Huntington Beach.

Please visit the Downtown BID website for information about their events, activities and more. 

For a copy of the IDA Community Profile Powerpoint, contact OBD staff. (Powerpoint does not contain recommendations)

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Downtown Business Improvement District Assessment Deferral Program in Response to COVID-19

Due to the economic impacts to businesses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Huntington Beach is offering an option to defer Downtown Business Improvement District Assessments for the months of March - June 2020.  Deferred payments will be due to the City without penalties or interest on or before June 30, 2021.  Intent to Defer forms will be included with your invoices and must be signed and returned to the City.

If business is sold or closed:  Deferred assessments are due immediately upon cessation of business for any reason.

For additional information or questions, please contact Robert Ramirez, Economic Development Project Manager (714) 375-5186.

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Downtown BID Documents