Government and Business

The mission of the Chico Chamber of Commerce is to Foster a Climate in Which Business Can Operate Profitably .
General Information

Information obtained from City of Chico Website
All businesses engaging in transactions within Chico's city limits are required to have a current business license. This includes businesses from a home-based office. Business licenses are renewed annually on July 1st of each year. According to Section 3.32.040 of the Chico Municipal Code, a business is defined as including "…professions, trades, and occupations and all and every kind of calling whether or not carried on for profit".

Please be advised that in addition to payment of the tax, you must also comply with all other provisions of the Chico Municipal Code, including but not limited to, building, parking, zoning and fire safety requirements. It is suggested that you check with the City of Chico's Building Department to verify compliance with the Building and Land Use Codes. (411 Main Street, Second Floor, (530) 879-6700).

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New Businesses
Prior to operating a business within the City of Chico, all new business owners must complete a Business License Application . The application along with the appropriate payment can be returned to the City of Chico's Finance Department at 411 Main Street or via mail at P.O. Box 3420, Chico, CA 95927-3420. For questions regarding the Business License application, please contact the Finance Department at (530) 879-7320. For countywide information, visit AdvantageButteCounty.com .
Home Based Businesses
Any home-based business operating within the city limits is required to have a current business license as well as a Home Occupation Permit to ensure compliance with the standards set forth in Section 19.20.060 of the Chico Municipal Code. A $40 fee will be charged to process this permit. Please call the Planning Division of the Community Services Department at (530) 879-6800 for further information.
Downtown Businesses
Those businesses operating in the Downtown Parking and Business Improvement Area (DPBIA) area are subject to an additional license tax and must complete a DPBIA License application along with the Business License application.
Do you need a Seller's Permit?
According to the State Board of Equalization, you must obtain a seller's permit if you are engaged in business in California and sell or lease merchandise, vehicles, or other tangible personal property that is subject to sales or use tax. Making taxable sales without a valid permit is a misdemeanor under California's Sales and Use Tax Law and is subject to fines and penalties.

To apply for a Seller's Permit you must contact the State Board of Equalization at (800) 400-7115 to request an Express Registration package.

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Do you need a Taxpayer ID Number?
Any business operating as a Corporation or a Partnership is required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to obtain a Taxpayer Identification Number. A business operating as a Sole Proprietor must report the business owner's Social Security Number on the application in lieu of a Taxpayer Identification Number.
To obtain more information regarding Taxpayer Identification Numbers, please visit the IRS Web-Site or the local IRS office at 1395 Ridgewood Drive.
Ficticious Business Names
If you are working under a fictitious name, you must file a Fictitious Name Statement with the Butte County Clerk/Recorder (530) 538-7691. The filing forms may be obtained from either the Enterprise-Record (400 E. Park Avenue) or the Chico News and Review (353 E 2nd Street).

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City of Chico Building Department
The City of Chico's goals are to effectively process building and development projects through consistency and fairness using the City's Municipal Code, general design practices, and common interests of Chico citizens. The department includes Building, Development, Sewer/Storm Drain, and Traffic Engineering divisions that work together to ensure public infrastructure needs are met and that new development projects will continue to preserve public health, safety, and wellbeing.
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Economic Development Organizations
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Butte College Center For International Trade Development
2050 Talbert Drive, Suite 500
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 879-9049
www.chico.citd.org

Butte College Small Business Development Center
19 Williamsburg Lane
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 895-9017
www.bcsbdc.org

Center For Economic Development
35 Main Street
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 898-4598
www.csuchico.edu\cedp\

Chabin Concepts
2889 Cohasset Road, #5
Chico, CA 95973
(530)345-0364

Chico Chamber of Commerce
300 Salem Street
Chico, CA 95928
(530)891-5556
www.chicochamber.com
www.greatchicojobs.com
www.chicocommute.com

Chico Economic Planning Corporation
555 Main Street, #200
Chico, CA 95928
(530)895-1202
www.cepco.com

Tri-County Economic Development Corporation
3120 Cohasset, Suite 5
Chico, CA 95973
(530)893-8732
www.tricountyedc.org
Development Engineering
The City of Chico's goal is to serve the public in a manner that supports the rich heritage that is Chico.
This involves providing a wide range of engineering services both independently and as part of the larger City's collective effort in processing land use and development applications. Tasks range from reviewing maps and plans for technical accuracy and consistency with the City's design criteria, to complex issues involving compliance with project conditions of approval and enforcement of the Municipal Code.
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Chico Municipal Airport & Industrial Park

Business and leisure travelers will enjoy the convenience of the Chico Municipal Airport. Currently, four flights daily are offered via SkyWest-United Express to San Francisco.

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Click Here for more information about our Fixed-Based Operator, Northgate Aviation.
The Industrial Park at CMA is a center of innovation and business in Chico. Whether you're looking to start or expand your business, options at the Chico Municipal Airport Industrial Park are plenty. This fast-growing business park is currently in use by many successful domestic and international firms. The properties in the area are protected by effective zoning and architectural controls, established to ensure consistency and compatibility in visions that various businesses might have for the area.

With all of the amenities of underground utilities, on-site fire protection, and exceptional transportation possibilities, the CMA Industrial Park has proven to be an extremely strategic location. I n addition to immediate access to air service, the Industrial Park offers major trucking, air cargo, and courier service, along with close access to State Highway 99.
The industrial park's intended use is just as its name suggests – industry and innovation! The Park has experienced significant growth over the last several years, with the number of businesses in the park increasing by nearly forty percent. These businesses include information technology, manufacturing, warehousing, and other production-related services, in addition to aviation-oriented business. Examples of current business in the park are AeroUnion, Travidia, Lares Research, LandaCorp, Sungard BiTech Software, 5th Sun Graphics, Improvement Direct, TFI Benchmark, Transfer Flow, Joy Signal and others.

The CMA is located within a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), a program established by the U.S. Government in the 1930s to promote trade and commerce by reducing some of the costs and obstacles associated with U.S. trade laws. The FTZ program also provides incentives for companies to keep their manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
Chico is one of nearly 400 cities with active Redevelopment Agencies. The CMA falls within a Chico Redevelopment Project, intended to help promote sound development and redevelopment of the area.
Both land and facilities are available in the CMA Industrial Park, with options to either lease or purchase. For more information about leasing or purchasing options at the CMA Industrial Park, contact Martha Wescoat-Andes, City Economic Development Manager, at 530-896-7203