D.C. Law 21-243. Downtown Business Improvement District Amendment Act of 2016.


To amend the Business Improvement Districts Act of 1996 to provide that a board of directors of a condominium association within the geographical area of the Downtown Business Improvement District may petition to join the Downtown Business Improvement District, and to establish the residential tax rate for the Downtown Business Improvement District.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Downtown Business Improvement District Amendment Act of 2016".

Sec. 2. The Business Improvement Districts Act of 1996, effective May 29, 1996 (D.C. Law 11-134; D.C. Official Code § 2-1215.01 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(a) Section 3(24)(B) (D.C. Official Code § 2-1215.02(24)(B)) is amended by striking the phrase "and Capitol Riverfront BIDs," and inserting the phrase "Capitol Riverfront, and Downtown BIDs," in its place.

(b) Section 10b(a)(1) (D.C. Official Code § 2-1215.09b(a)(1)) is amended by striking the phrase "the BID;" and inserting the phrase "the BID or the board of directors of any condominium association on behalf of a real property within the geographic boundaries of the Downtown BID petition to join the Downtown BID;" in its place.

(c) Section 201(c)(3)(A) (D.C. Official Code § 2-1215.51(c)(3)(A)) is amended as follows:

(1) Sub-subparagraph (ii) is amended by striking the word "and" at the end.

(2) Sub-subparagraph (iii) is amended by striking the period and inserting the phrase "; and" in its place.

(3) A new sub-subparagraph (iv) is added to read as follows:

"(iv) Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, the amount of $120 per unit annually for nonexempt residential properties; provided, that for a residential unit restricted to residents based upon income pursuant to a federal or District affordable housing program, the BID tax due on the unit shall be computed by applying the percentage of area median income that an eligible household must meet to participate in the affordable housing program for the unit to the amount of the BID tax that would otherwise be due.".

Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code § 1-301.47a).

Sec. 4. Effective date.

This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.

Law Information


  • D.C. Law 21-243 (PDF)
  • 64 DCR 1614


Apr. 7, 2017

Legislative History

Law 21-243, the “Downtown Business Improvement District Amendment Act of 2016,” was introduced in the Council and assigned Bill No. 21-905 which was referred to the Committee on Finance and Revenue. The bill was adopted on first and second readings on Dec. 6, 2016, and Dec. 20, 2016, respectively. After mayoral review, it was assigned Act No. 21-659 on Feb. 9, 2017, and transmitted to Congress for its review. D.C. Law 21-243 became effective Apr. 7, 2017.