Special Business Districts

A Special Business District is a unit of local government that collects taxes based on the assessed value of property in a defined geographical area. Funds raised are designated for specific purposes in that neighborhood, such as security or beautification. The name “business district” is misleading, as both residential and commercial properties are taxed, with the proceeds being used for the entire neighborhood.


The CWE Special Business District is funded through a yearly tax on property owners collected by the City of St. Louis.


CWE Special Business District funds are used for security related projects and services. The district contracts with private security firms such as The City’s Finest, LLC who hire off-duty St. Louis police officers to patrol the district.

Board of Commissioners

The CWE Special Business District Board of Commissioners consists of seven members, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Aldermen. Five members must be property owners or their representatives, and two members must be renters. Each member serves a four-year term. No employee or elected official of the City may be a member of the Board of Commissioners.


CWE  South SBD

CWE Southeast SBD

CWE Washington SBD

CWE Westminster Lake SBD

CWE Waterman Lake SBD


updated cwensi map

Every month the CWE NSI receives UCR crime data from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. We take that data and produce maps and charts for the Special Business Districts (SBD). The charts compare crime on a month to month and year to year basis. The maps serve as a visual tool. Both are used by the NSI office and supplemental patrols for crime analysis. Please contact the NSI office at 314.454.5808 for further information regarding crime updates for individual SBDs