Photo credit: Jason Ganwich


The BIA manages Downtown Tacoma's banner program. The purpose of the program is to enhance the appearance of downtown's streetscape, brand downtown and call attention to community-based activities and events that capitalize on public and private investment in our vibrant urban center.

Banners installed by the BIA are permitted for year-round use and will be replaced approximately every 12-15 months. This program applies only to banners attached to public light poles within the boundaries of the BIA. It does not extend to banners suspended across downtown streets, nor does it extend to flags or other appurtenances attached to private buildings or poles. Banners will not promote for-profit enterprises.

Non-profits, artists and event organizers are encouraged to participate in the banner program. Upon application, the BIA will work with interested parties on design and installation of the banners. Groups interested in this element of the program should contact the BIA after reviewing the Banner Program Guidelines. All designs must be approved by the Tacoma Arts Commission and the BIA Board of Directors.

  • Banner Program Guidelines
  • For more information on the Banner Program, please contact BIA Manager David Schroedel, (253) 682-1723 or 

Flower Baskets

Downtown's hanging flower baskets are a harbinger of spring. The BIA provides the over 65 flower baskets that decorate downtown between April and October. The City of Tacoma keeps the baskets looking fresh and well watered throughout the summer months.