Governor Newsom Declares State of Emergency to Help State Prepare for Broader spread of COVID-19. All levels of state government are being deployed to tackle this evolving situation.Read full announcement.

Please continue to monitor our COVID-19 web page, our official City social media accounts, and other credible sources of news for the most current updates and information.

The City of Chico is monitoring the level of risk of COVID-19 to the public in coordination with the City's Health Officer, Dr. Andrew Miller, and the Butte County Public Health Department. We will provide updates as they become available. City personnel are working daily to protect our community. We urge our residents to follow state recommendations including regular hand washing, staying home if you are feeling ill, maintaining social distancing, and calling your health practitioner if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, fatigue, cough, and headaches/body aches). Please note, information regarding this topic may change quickly, and we will update both this page and our City of Chico Social Media channels as information changes.

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  • What City facilities and programs are open?

    We encourage the community to use our online services whenever possible.


    City facilities, including City Hall, the Chico Police Department, and the Parks & Public Works Office are open to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. This allows commerce to continue to occur, but also implements social distancing, as the meetings are staggered. This effort allows the City to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 from person to person.

    Departments can be contacted to schedule appointments at the following numbers:

  • Airport Access/ General HR & Risk Management - (530) 879-7900
  • Building - (530) 879-6700
  • City Clerk - (530) 896-7250
  • Code Enforcement - CITIZENS' "REPORT A VIOLATION" HOTLINE (530) 879-6330 also
  • Engineering - (530) 879-6900
  • Finance - (530) 879-7320
  • Fire - (530) 897-3400
  • Operations & Maintenance/Parks - (530) 896-7800
  • Planning & Housing - (530) 879-6800
  • Police - (530) 897-4900 (NON-EMERGENCY LINE)
  • Report Hazards in the Right-of-Way/Requests for Service - (530) 894-4200
  • Other general inquiries - (530) 896-7200
  • The following can be done online:

  • Animal Licenses, Business Licenses, Bicycle Licensing and Registration can be obtained here .
  • Information regarding paying for or contesting a Parking Violation online can found here.
  • Alarm registration & penalty payments can accessed here
  • Information about paying Transient Occupancy Tax for Short Term Rentals online can be found here.
  • Chico Police Department online reporting system can be accessed here:
  • Online permitting services including Encroachment Permits (and related construction inspections), Sanitary Sewer Applications and Transportation Oversize Permits can be found here
  • Municipal Parking Lot and Residential Parking Permits can be accessed here
  • Appointments for in-person transactions in the categories listed above can be made by calling 530-879-7320.

    The City is working to install a drop box outside City Hall for deliveries and payments.


  • At an Emergency Meeting on March 12th, the Chico City Council postponed the March 17th council meeting to arrange for remote engagement by the public at future meetings. The next City Council meeting will be held on April 7 and only items essential to government operations will be discussed. Meetings will continue to be held only once per month for 90 days (from the 3/12 date).
  • All City parks are open at this time, but please consult the Chico Area Recreation & Parks District (CARD) website for program cancellations.
  • Closed

  • City Hall, the Chico Police Department, and the Parks & Public Works Office are open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. The City is working to install a drop box outside of City Hall for deliveries and payments.
  • The front lobby at the Chico Police Department is now closed. The business (non-emergency) line is (530) 897-4900. Livescan fingerprint services for the general public at the Chico Police Department has been suspended until further notice.
  • Street Sweeping: We have temporarily suspended street sweeping through April 30th in order to focus crews on critical and urgent infrastructure demands.
  • Cancelled or Suspended

    The following programs have been suspended:

  • Chico Police Department Citizen's Academy
  • The Chico Police Explorer Program

  • The following Commission and Board meetings have been cancelled:

  • March 18 - Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board
  • March 18 - Bidwell Park & Playground Commission (BPPC) Natural Resource Committee meeting
  • March 19 - Planning Commission
  • March 24 - Zoning Administrator
  • March 30 - Enloe Parking meeting
  • March 31 - Bidwell Park & Playground Commission (BPPC) meeting
  • April 1 - Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board
  • April 2 - Planning Commission
  • April 9 - Climate Action Commission
  • April 9 - Map Advisory Committee
  • * Temporarily Suspended Requirement to hold Neighborhood Pre-Application Review Meetings

  • The following special events in City Parks have been cancelled:

  • March 16-20 - Earthbound Skills Spring Break Camp, Five Mile Recreation Area
  • March 28 - Enloe Heart & Soul Walk for Wellness, Bidwell Park One Mile Recreation Area
  • April 4 - The 9th Annual Walk for Autism, scheduled for 4/4/20 in One Mile, has been postponed to 5/30/20
  • April 11 - Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) Spring Jamboree
  • April 12 - The Life Church Easter Sunday Sunrise Service in Upper Park
  • April 18 - Peg Taylor Center 10th Annual Poppy Walk/Run, Bidwell Park One Mile Recreation Area
  • April 19 - National MS Fundraiser Walk
  • April 25 - Walk for Water, Cedar Grove Park
  • May 2 - Endangered Species Faire
  • May 9 - ARC Fun Walk
  • May 9 - Blue Oak Charter School May Faire
  • May 30 - Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs
  • Please be aware that there may be other events that occur within Chico but are operated independently from the City of Chico. You will want to contact specific event organizers for more information.

    Additional cleaning measures are in place at all City facilities to protect both the public and City staff. The intensive cleanings will be in addition to the normal scheduled cleanings until further notice. This includes the lobby and counter area at the Chico Police Department along with the elevators in the downtown parking structure.

    Public Safety

  • A message from the Chico Police Department: Chico Police is still actively handling calls for service and responding to crimes in progress. Our communications center is asking the public to disclose any medical conditions when they call for police and fire services so that we can make sure first responders have the appropriate personal protective equipment and to reduce any potential exposure.
  • School Closures

    CUSD's Nutrition Services Dept. will be providing FREE grab-and-go meals to children 18 years and younger during the week of 3/23/20 - 3/27/20. Families can pick up meals from 11:00am to 11:30am at the following locations:

  • Chapman Elementary
  • Citrus Elementary
  • Bidwell Junior High School
  • Chico Junior High School
  • The Chico Unified School District is on Spring Break from March 16-March 20, and in addition, there is no school on Monday, March 23rd (Spring Travel Day for students, CUSD staff workday).

    All CUSD services and programs (Nutrition Services, Preschool, Intersession, etc.) will be suspended and unavailable from March 16-March 23. All athletic programs, including practices and competitions, will be suspended through April 14.

    Meals will be provided based on the number of children present and will be delivered to your car. Meals are not to be consumed on-site.

    We will continue to update this information as it becomes available to us. Please continue to monitor the CUSD website for more information.

    Additional closures

  • All branches of the Butte County Library, including the Chico Branch. Items cannot be returned or donated at the branches. Please reach them by telephone for more information (530)552-5625