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City of Chico

City of Chico

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The City of Chico Finance Division maintains financial records of the City, conducts fiscal functions involved in the receipt, custody, and disbursement of City funds, and provides support services to other City departments. Financial services include accounting, payroll, accounts payable/receivable, capital and operations budgeting, financial reporting, and auditing. Our mission is to serve the citizens of the City of Chico and City departments by providing accurate, efficient and timely information, service and support. 

Our Goals:

  • Provide timely and accurate financial reporting
  • Provide safeguards to process financial transactions accurately and securely
  • Monitor agency cash flow and cash management
  • Provide a secure and functional technology ecosystem

Licensing & Registration


Apply or Renew a Business License, Animal License or Bike Registration

Pay a Parking Citation


Find, Pay or Appeal Your Citation for: Chico Parking

Pay a Utility Bill


Pay your Util 360 Sewer Bill

Notice of unclaimed funds

Notice of unclaimed funds

Notice is hereby given that the City of Chico has been holding funds for the following persons for three years or more. If said funds are not claimed by 6/30/2024, these funds will become property of the City of Chico. The funds may be released to the depositor, their heir, beneficiary, or duly appointed representative provided a claim form has been completed with the necessary information establishing entitlements to the funds.
A Request for Unclaimed Monies Form is available at the City of Chico Finance Department, 411 Main Street, Chico CA 95928 or available for download here. The required Declaration form information includes name, address, amount and material facts relative to the check. Once a declaration is submitted, the Finance Director will determine what, if any, additional information is necessary.
Unclaimed Funds
City Financial Data

City Financial Data

FY 2024-25 Annual Budget

FY 2023-24 Annual Budget

Capital Improvement Program Budget
The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a 10-year expenditure plan for the purchase or construction of capital improvements or equipment, and City programs. The CIP contains two summary-level reports: Capital Summary Sorted by Project and Capital Summary sorted by Fund, as well as individual detail pages for each Capital Project. These pages include a project description, a summary of expenditures and the funding source(s). The CIP is updated each year as part of the Annual Budget Process.
Successor Agency Budget
Effective February 1, 2012, the former Chico Redevelopment Agency was dissolved, per Assembly Bill 1X26. The Chico Successor Agency was formed to wind down the affairs of the former Redevelopment Agency.

Audited Financial Statements



Finance Apps & Forms

Apply for or Renew a Business License

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. 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 of 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, located on the second floor of City Hall, 411 Main St.
If you operated a business that is food related, you must contact the Butte County Health Department at (530) 891-2727 for additional information. 
What type of Business License Application Do I Need?
All Business License Applications are Adobe Acrobat PDF files, which can be printed and mailed to the finance office with the appropriate payment.
  1.  If your type of business is listed below, it qualifies for a Flat Rate Tax.

    Amusement Concession or Ride Bowling Alley
    Lock Boxes Card Room, Pool Hall
    Animal Show, Carnival, Circus Room and Board House
    Pickup/Delivery from Outside City Christmas Tree Vendor
    Auto Parking Lots Mobile Home Park
    Water Utility Fortune Teller, Palmist
    Auto Race Track Hotel, Motel, Apartment
    Retail/Wholesale Concrete, Aggregate, Etc. Hospital, Sanitarium, Rest or Nursing Home
  2. If your business is listed below, you must contact the Finance Office to calculate your business license tax. 
    1. Coin or Currency Operated Machines
    2. Solid Waste Collector
  3. If your business is not listed above, it qualifies for the Business License Tax.
  4. If your business is located in Dowtown Chico, you must also complete the Downtown Parking and Business Improvement Area application online. 
Business License Reports
To run a report of Chico businesses with current business licenses, click this link.

False Alarm Penalty

Firefighters and Paramedics respond to thousands of false alarm calls every year. These unnecessary responses result in an enormous burden in resources and expense; which in turn reduces emergency unit availability to respond to real emergencies.
Please view a list of available documents:

Fee Schedule

The City Fee Schedule is a list of master fees for the fiscal year.

Hotels & Short-Term Rentals

Hotel and short-term home sharing and/or vacation rental units arrangements require reporting of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to the City of Chico.
For the privilege of occupancy in any short term rental, each transient shall be subject to and shall pay a tax in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the rent charged by the operator. Operators are required to collect the tax and transmit it with a TOT return to the City monthly.

Please note, the City of Chico has contracted HdL Companies of Fresno, CA to administer TOT for all short-term rentals.

Transient Occupancy Tax Online Submittal
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) returns for hotels and short-term rentals can now be submitted online, by phone, and by mail to simplify monthly reporting.
To download forms or submit TOT online, please click here.
If you need further assistance or help with filing your TOT return, you are welcome to contact us at or by phone at (530)767-1017. All questions and applications are now processed online or over the phone.

Parking Violations & Parking Holidays

WARNING: Failure to pay a parking violation within 21 calendar days of issuance will result in a penalty increase of $46.00 and notification to the Department of Motor Vehicles to refuse registration of the vehicle until all penalties are paid.
Methods of Payment
1. Payments by Visa, MasterCard or Discover
By internet:
By telephone: (800) 828-3551
Please have the following information ready:
  • Citation number and/or license plate number
  • Credit Card number, expiration date and billing address
  • Upon approved credit card payment, our IVRS will provide you with a confirmation number.  Please be prepared to document this confirmation number.
2. Payments by Mail:
Office of Parking Violations
City of Chico
P.O. Box 11113
San Jose, CA 95103-1113
Please include your citation and license plate number on your check or money order.
3. Payments in Person:
Payments may be made by cash, check or credit card at the City of Chico Finance Office, 411 Main Street, Chico CA, during business hours 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Thursday. Please bring with you the citation or parking violation reminder notice when making the payment.
Contesting a Parking Violation
You may contest a parking violation within 21 days of issuance by requesting an Administrative Review in writing to the Office of Parking Violations -City of Chico at P.O. Box 11113, San Jose, CA, 95103-1113, by telephone 1-800-828-3551, or in person at 411 Main Street, Chico, CA. The request must include your reasons for requesting an Administrative Review and all applicable documentation relating to the violation including copies of permits, registration, Disabled Person’s Placard, and Disabled Person’s Placard identification. The issuing officer will review the letter, and you will be notified by mail of the result of your Administrative Review.
If you are not satisfied with the result of the Administrative Review, you may further contest the violation by requesting an Administrative Hearing. You will be required to pay the violation amount, and if the Hearing Officer reverses the violation, then you will be issued a refund. You may request an Administrative Hearing in writing to the Office of Parking Violations -City of Chico at P.O. Box 11113, San Jose, CA, 95103-1113, by telephone 1-800-828-3551, or in person at 411 Main Street, Chico, CA.
If you are not satisfied with the result of your Administrative Hearing, California Vehicle Code Section 40230(a) allows for the ability to file a Civil Appeal with Butte County Superior Court. The violation must be paid and the Civil Appeal filed within 30 calendar days of the mailing of the results of your Administrative Hearing. Upon filing a Civil Appeal, you will be required to pay a filing fee to the court. If you are found not liable during the Civil Appeal process, any amount paid will be refunded, including the filing fee.
Parking Meter Holidays
January 1 (New Year's Day)
Third Monday in January (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Third Monday in February (Presidents' Day) Last Monday in May (Memorial Day)
July 4 (Independence Day) First Monday in September (Labor Day)
November 11 (Veteran's Day) Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving Day December 24 (Christmas Eve)
December 25 (Christmas Day) December 31 (New Year's Eve)

Subordination of Your City Loan

The Housing Division services City and former Redevelopment Agency housing loans.
Please review the documents below.
Annual Homeowner Certifications
Refinancing and Need to Request Subordination of your City loan?
Paying Off Your Loan?
If you are paying off your City loan, you may request a payoff letter by sending your name and property address to

For additional information, you may contact us at (530) 879-6300.

Utility Users' Tax (UUT) Refund Program

The City of Chico Finance Office will be accepting applications between May 1, 2024 and June 30, 2024 for the annual Utility Users Tax (UUT) Refund Program. The Refund Program offers low-income rate payers a refund on taxes paid for gas, electric, water and telecommunications services paid between May 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024. Income eligibility requirements for the program are determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s low-income guidelines. Applicants are eligible if their combined annual income of the household in which the applicant lives for the 2023 Federal and State Personal Income Tax Year was less than the maximum annual income limits listed in the schedule below.
UUT Income Requirements
If unable to print the application from the link, front counter staff of the Finance Department can email it to applicants, or applicants may call (530) 879-7320 when at the front door to City Hall and an application will be taken out to them. Applications may also be returned to the City of Chico Finance Office at the address provided on the application via US mail. If applicants are not able to mail in the completed application (with all the backup documents) and need to return it in person, an appointment will be required or the application packet can be put in the Payment Drop Box located in the Municipal Building Parking Lot. The City will issue checks for all refunds. Please allow up to six weeks for processing.

For additional information, please contact Heather Childs-Alexis, Accounting Manager,
(530) 879-7343.

Finance Front
Counter Hours

Monday & Wednesday

Walk-ins: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday

Walk-ins: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Appt. Only: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Closed Friday

Contact US

Contact US

General Information (530) 879-7300
Administrative Citations (530) 879-7320
Accounts Payable (530) 879-7340
Licenses & Permits (530) 879-7320
Parking Citations (800) 828-3551
Parking Permits (530) 879-7320
Short Term Rentals (530) 767-1017
Transient Occupancy Tax  (530) 879-7320
Email Us
Physical Address
411 Main Street – 1st Floor 
Chico, CA 95928
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 3420
Chico, CA 95927