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Department Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Contact Information:

Community Development Dept.

Mark Wolfe - Director

411 Main Street, 2nd Floor

P.O. Box 3420

Chico, CA 95927

Phone: (530) 879-6800

Email: zoning@chicoca.gov

Commercial/Office/Industrial/Airport Development

For any non-residential development, the first step is to find the zoning for your property. Zoning regulates what uses can go where and the development standards to which new development must be built. Development standards refer to the height, lot coverage, parking standards, tree shading or landscaping requirements, and setback requirements that apply within a particular zone. If a proposed project is of a different use or standard than is normally allowed within a particular zone, the applicant may need to request a variance or a special permit. Otherwise, the property may require a zone change.

The purpose of establishing zoning designations within a community is to ensure that neighboring land uses are compatible with one another. Residential uses, for example, generally are not compatible with industrial uses.

What Is Your Zoning?

To find out zoning information on your property, you may do one of the following:

Allowed Uses and Development Standards by Zoning District

Once you have determined your zoning, click on the link below to access the Allowed Use Table and General Development Standards (e.g., setbacks, minimum lot size) for your property.

Residential Zones

Office Zones & Commercial Zones -Refer to

Manufacturing/ Industrial Zones

Airport Zones

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are summaries and other helpful information regarding frequently asked commercial development questions.

What is an Assessor's Parcel Number (APN)?

An Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) is a 12-digit number that is found on your tax bill or tax receipt. Each parcel of land has its own unique number that identifies the property’s location within the County. If you have a physical address, we can obtain your parcel number for you or you can access it on-line using the Interactive City Map feature of the City’s website.

What land uses are allowed on my property?

Allowable land uses are based on the property’s zoning district and can be found in the Chico Municipal Code. A matrix is provided that lists uses allowed by right, uses requiring a Use Permit, and those uses that are prohibited. Click on the links below to view the matrix for each zoning district. If you do not know the property’s zoning district, click here: What is your zoning?

Use Tables

What are my building setbacks?

Building setbacks vary depending on the zoning designation of the property and can be found in the Development Standards section in the Chico Municipal Code (click on the links below). If you do not know the property’s zoning district, click here: What is your zoning?

Development Standards

Can my property be rezoned?

The current zoning and General Plan designations of a property both play a role in determining possible development and rezoning options. Contact Planning Services at (530) 879-6800 to obtain zoning and General Plan designations for the property in question and discuss possible rezoning options with Planning staff.

Can I subdivide my property?

Depending on the property’s General Plan designation (which determines allowable density or the number of units per acre) and zoning (which regulates minimum lot size), it may be possible to subdivide your property. If you do not know the property’s zoning district, click here: What is your zoning? For further assistance, contact Community Development at (530) 879-6800

How do I determine the location of my property line?

The City’s subdivision maps show the approximate location of your property lines. However, for a precise location, you will need to check the legal description of the property (check the Preliminary Title Report, if one is available) or hire a professional surveyor to determine the precise location. Fence lines are not necessarily property lines. For further assistance, contact Community Development at (530) 879-6800 or Development Engineering staff at (530) 879-6900.

What are the City's parking requirements?

The City's parking requirements can be found in Chico Municipal Code's Chapter 19.70. For further assistance, contact Community Development at (530) 879-6800.

What are the City's landscaping requirements?

The City's landscaping requirements can be found in Chico Municipal Code's Chapter 19.68. For further assistance, contact Community Development at (530) 879-6800.

What are the City's sign requirements?

The City's sign requirements can be found in Chico Municpal Code's Chapter 19.74. For further assistance, contact Community Development at (530) 879-6800.