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Frequently Asked Questions

What does NoMa stand for?
“North of Massachusetts Avenue.” NoMa is the name of a rapidly growing neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and also the name of the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID).

What is a BID?
A business improvement district (BID) is a public-private partnership in which property and business owners of a defined area elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development, and marketing/promotion of their commercial district. BIDs are driven by community support and require legislative authorization in order to be established. A BID is a nonprofit organization.

How many BIDs exist in Washington, D.C.?
Washington currently has nine BIDs. The NoMa and Capitol Riverfront BIDs were both created in 2007. The others are: Downtown DC, Golden Triangle, Mt. Vernon Triangle (which is a Community Improvement District or CID), Capitol Hill, Adams Morgan, Georgetown and Anacostia.

What are the boundaries of the NoMa BID?
The BID is bounded generally by Massachusetts Avenue to the south, New Jersey and North Capitol Street to the west, Q and R Streets to the north, and Third Street, NE to the east beyond the CSX/Metrorail tracks. Map of the official boundaries.

Where is the BID office located?
The BID’s office is located at 1200 First Street, NE, Suite 310, Washington, D.C. 20002.

What is the BID assessment?
The BID taxes for the nonexempt real properties in the NoMa Improvement Association BID shall be:

(A) The amount of $ 0.15 per rentable square foot for buildings of 50,000 square feet or more, which rate shall become effective one year after issuance of final certificate of occupancy; provided, that those buildings which have a certificate of occupancy or other District license for distribution, manufacturing, industrial, storage, or similar warehouse use shall be assessed at the rate set forth in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph;
(B) The amount of $ 0.05 per $ 100 of the prior year’s assessed value of all buildings that are less than 50,000 square feet or other unimproved land;
(C) The amount of $ 90 per hotel room annually; and
(D) The amount of $ 120 per unit annually for nonexempt residential condominium properties.”

 Source: DC Code § 2-1215.57. NoMa Improvement Association BID 

Does the BID have any other sources of income?

The NoMa BID is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization that accepts contributions, grants, and in-kind donations.

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