A Green Benefit District is an innovative tool that allows residents to directly invest in the enhancement of their neighborhood, above and beyond baseline City services.

Authorized by state and local law ( Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994 and San Francisco Business Code Article 15A), a Green Benefit District (GBD) is a neighborhood-based property assessment district that allows property owners to assess their properties to collectively generate resources to invest in their neighborhood. 

Specifically, GBD funds can be used for a wide range of neighborhood improvements, from daily maintenance of and capital improvements to public realm areas -  sidewalks, parks, plazas, open spaces, gardens, and landscaped areas - to neighborhood services, to even "deeper green" efforts such as district-scale stormwater management and disaster resilience planning. 

GBDs enable neighborhood-scale stewardship of shared public resources, complementing the City's baseline maintenance and operations programs.