Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are specially funded business districts. These districts are managed by non-profit groups of property owners and business tenants whose goal is to promote and improve their business district. Vancouver has 22 BIAs. BIAs are active in their communities, promoting business, tourism, safety and street beautification.
The City's Role
The City helps local business groups to form the BIAs. Once a BIA is formed, it is managed by a volunteer board elected by property owners and tenants within its boundary. The City has a continuing role with the annual funding process, monitoring BIA budgets, and acting as a liaison between the BIA and City departments.
Funding for Business Improvement Areas
Funding for the BIAs comes from a special property tax. Each commercial property within the boundary is taxed in proportion to its total taxable value. This means that if a property owner owns one percent of the total taxable value, their share will be one percent of the BIA budget. In most lease agreements, property owners pass this cost on to the business tenants. BIA funds are used to hire staff and run BIA activities.
Key City Staff
Coordinator, BIA Program: Peter Vaisbord ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Tel: 604.871.6304 Fax: 604.873.7898
Planning Assistant, BIA Program: Tom Pearce ( email@example.com )
Tel: 604.873.7489 Fax: 604.873.7898
Engineering Department Liaison: Bernie Burnett ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Tel: 604.873.7297 Fax: 604.871.6139
Police Department Business Liaison: Const. Anne Longley ( email@example.com )
Tel: 604.717.2777 Fax: 604.606.2693