Downtown Business Improvement District

Downtown Improvement District - General Information

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a type of special assessment district in which business owners collectively choose to be assessed, with the assessment proceeds then used by local business organizations to improve and promote the business district.

The Downtown Santa Ana BID was established in 1984 as a means of providing the Downtown business community with funding to promote the Downtown through events and advertising pieces, increase the security presence, enhance maintenance of the Downtown shopping corridors, and implement street improvement to the area. The City served as the collector of the funds through placement of a BID Charge on the business license tax. Once collected, the funds were transferred to a Downtown organization for programming. Since 2008, the BID has been in suspension and assessments have not been levied on Downtown businesses.

The Downtown Santa Ana BID is a legally different assessment district than the Santa Ana Community Management District (commonly known as the PBID).The PBID was an assessment of property owners and was not subject to an annual protest hearing process. The Downtown Santa Ana BID is an assessment of business owners and is subject to an annual protest hearing process. Per State law, business owners in the proposed boundaries will be given an opportunity to vote against the reactivation of the BID. Each vote will be weighted by the assessment to be paid in the BID. Unless there is a weighted majority against the BID of all businesses in the boundaries, not just of the ballots cast,the BID may be reactivated. If businesses representing a majority of the BID assessment do not want the BID to continue, the City Council cannot levy the assessment.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Protest Form
Assessment Report

Downtown Santa Ana BID Boundaries