Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you with any queries you have about Business Improvement Districts and paying the BID levy.

You will also be able to find out more information about what the BID does by clicking the ‘What We Do’ tab above or by contacting a member of the team here.

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a designated zone in which businesses benefit from a wide range of additional services over and above those funded through the standard commercial rates and council services.

Constituted by UK law in 2004, a BID is a powerful, independent voice representing the interests of a varied community of organisations, committed to working together to ensure that the area continues to progress whilst providing the best possible trading and working environment for its occupiers.

These extra benefits are aimed at vastly improving the quality of the area for the businesses, visitors and employees within it as well as improving attractiveness to new investors. This can include physical projects such as better lighting and street cleaning as well as the creation of green spaces, crime reduction programmes, events, transport and accessibility improvements, in addition to marketing, networking and inward investment initiatives. (You can view more here).

Every five years businesses in the designated area vote for the continuation of the BID and if they vote yes, any occupiers within the BID become members for the duration of the next 5 year term. Members within the area pay a levy based on a small percentage of their rates to contribute towards these benefits and improvements.

The Liverpool BID Company is the independent company responsible for managing both Business Improvement Districts in Liverpool, City Central BID and Commercial District BID. Each BID has its own operational board made up of key stakeholders in the area which is then answerable to the Executive Board of the company.

Every occupier within a designated BID area, with a rateable value (RV) of £10,000 or above will pay a levy amounting to 1.2% of their total RV.

This system is designed to be the fairest and most affordable way to ensure that the interests of both small and large businesses are represented. On average, each organisation will pay around £600 per year. For most organisations this represents a cost of just a few pence each day per employee, or as little as £11 per week.

The levy is a legal requirementjust like Business Rates and is treated as a statutory debt. The legislation which relates to the BID levy is The Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004 and the Non Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Local Lists) Regulations 1989. You can view this legislation here.

The BID levy is charged annually for a term starting on the 1st of June (Commercial District BID) and 1st November (City Central BID). BID Levy Bills are issued automatically before this date and collected on our behalf by Liverpool City Council.

The levy is calculated based on the rateable value of the building on the start date of each BID year (above) and is payable by the occupier on that date regardless of the time they have been/intend to be located there. If there is no active lease on the unit the bill will fall to the landlord/possessor of the premises.

There are currently no discounts or relief for charities or charitable organisations.

If you cannot afford to pay your levy: You must contact the Non Domestic rates team on 0151 225 3812 during the following times: Monday to Thursday 8.30 to 4.30 to discuss an arrangement to pay. It is important you do not ignore the notices you have been sent as you may incur further costs.

For questions relating to your levy please contact the Non-Domestic Rates team (Liverpool City Council) on 0151 233 4233.

Both Liverpool BIDs cover approximately 1,500 businesses across every sector whom employ over 70,000 employees and are in immediate proximity to 40,000 residents.

The Liverpool BID Company manages promotional and event sites across the whole City Centre which are available for hire. For more information visit www.promoteinliverpool.com

The BID company also holds its own seasonal events throughout the districts which may present opportunities for business, to be kept informed about these opportunities please sign up to our newsletter.

For safety and environment issues in the BID areas we recommend the following contacts, you can download the flowchart here.

Safety and environment flowchart