Business Improvement Districts: guidance and best practice

DCLG has produced a technical guide for local authorities focussing on their roles and responsibilities in relation to Business Improvement Districts. Another guide gives high level help for individuals to understand the process of delivering a Business Improvement District.

The technical guide focuses on the core roles and responsibilities a local authority is required to undertake in relation to the development, management and termination of a Business Improvement District in its area. It includes an explanation of the regulations.

It 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 areas. These areas are typically within town and city centres, commercial locations and industrial estates, but can also cover tourist areas. 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.

Another guide is introductory in nature and gives best practice guidance to help individuals, local partnerships and local authorities in England understand the process necessary to deliver a successful town centre, Business Improvement District.

It explains best practice, the issues and the terminology those looking to establish a BID should become familiar with. The also emphasises the importance of the local authority in this process and of engaging with local businesses likely to be affected by the BID. It is not intended to provide expert advice or technical detail on how to establish and operate a BID. It was produced with help from the Association of Town and City Management

Date: 25/03/2015 Date of publication

Author: DCLG

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 14.1


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