About City Improvment Districts (CIDs)

City Improvement Districts are geographic areas in which the majority of property owners determine and agree to fund supplementary and complementary services to those normally provided by the Local Authority in order to maintain and manage the public environment at a superior level and thus maintain or increase their investment. The Local Authority continues to provide normal services to a pre-agreed level. Legislation allows for CIDs to raise an additional levy to be charged on all property within the defined geographical area. Income from this levy is directed back to the defined area to finance a wide range of activities.

Supplementary services might include safety and security patrol officers, pavement cleaning, litter collection, maintenance of public space, removal of illegal posters etc.

Click here for more detailed information about CIDs.

Click here for Neil Fraser's presentation: Community Driven Partnerships through City Improvement District 29 March 2007

Click here for the CID Review by the Economic Development Unit 26 June 2006

Click here for: CITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (CIDs) AND THE PRODUCTION OF URBAN SPACE IN JOHANNESBURG:

URBAN REGENERATION, CHANGING FORMS OF GOVERNANCE AND NEW MEANING OF PLACES
By Elizabeth Peyroux