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Business Improvement District Legislation

November 7, 2006

Question written on 07/11/2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that the rights of property owners are protected in the Business Improvement District legislation.

Answered by Phil Woolas

Under the Business Improvement District (BID) legislation the occupiers of business property vote in a BID ballot and are liable to pay a BID levy if the ballot is successful. Property owners may make voluntary contributions, either financial or in-kind, to the development and implementations of a BID, but do not vote in the ballot and are not liable for the levy. Owners’ rights in respect of their properties are not affected by the BID legislation.