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A number services are available online through eTRAKiT, from scheduling inspections to applying for permits. Please see our various online resources for your convenience.

Apply for Permits Online

Use eTRAKiT to apply for certain types of permits online.
On-Line Permitting
The type of permits offered online:
  • Heating or Air-Conditioning System Permits: (mechanical)
  • Re-Roofing Permits: (residential and commercial)
  • Solar Permits
  • Water Heater Permits: (replacement of water heater)
  • Commercial Repair
  • Electrical: (residential and commercial)
  • Encroachment
  • Engineering Administrative
  • Mechanical: (residential and commercial)
  • Oversized Load
  • Plumbing: (residential and commercial)
  • Sewer Application
  • Signs
  • Tree Permits
Permits not listed may be submitted by Digital Plan Submittal with the permit application.
Mobile and Manufactured Home Permits
For mobile and manufactured home permits, please contact the California Department of Housing and Community Development (916)255-2501 to determine if your permit is under their jurisdiction or that of the City of Chico Building Division.
First time user of Online Permit Services?PUBLIC: Click Here to register for a free account.
  • You must have your valid City of Chico business license number and
  • Your California’s State Contractor’s License Number.
  • Please read permit work description above, for important information needed for a permit.
  • Contractors new to the eTRAKiT system need to call (530)879-6700 to be set up.
Applying for a Permit
If you are applying for a permit for the first time please read carefully.
  • You may find the examples below helpful when describing the work you would like to be permitted:
Permit Work Description:
Reroof: Elk 30 Year 3 Tab 15 SQ
Plumbing: Whirlpool 50 gallon Tall Energy Star .67
Mechanical: Train XL16c / 16.60 SEER / 80% AFUE / Energy Star Qualified
Solar: 7.14KW PV array with PVI-5000-TL Invertor
Production Phase Homes Permits: Master Plan Number, Square Footage
Click here to apply for an ONLINE PERMIT

2022 California Building Code Change Information



Below is a link to a recording and slide presentation for a December 5, 2022 Workshop that provided an overview of significant changes to the 2022 California Residential Building Code scheduled to take effect January 1, 2023.  City of St. Helena Chief Building Official Philip Henry provided the overview.  Workshop sponsors were the City of Chico, Valley Contractors Exchange, Chico Builders Association, and Butte County Development Services.


The following two links will direct you to the California Building Standards Commission for further information:

View Permit Records from 2012 to Present

First time user of Online Permit Services?

Please review the following instructions and then click here to go to eTRAKiT or copy and paste this link into your browser.
You may wish to print these instructions.
For older permits, call the Building Division (530) 879-6700 to find out how best to view them.
  • Read the Online Services Page
  • If you already have an account, you may log in at the top of the screen
  • For first time public users of eTrakit you will need to click on the link “Public Account Setup” or “Setup an Account in the orange bar at the top of the screen to register for a free account. 
    • In the blue box on the left of the screen.
    • If you have the permit number, click on “Search Permits” under the permits heading. Only that permit will show.
    • If searching all permits for a site address – search by address.
      • Changing the dropdown menu to “contains” broadens your search.
      • For a street name which includes a direction, search under the complete direction i.e. North rather than “N” or “No”.
      • Do NOT use any punctuation
      • Do NOT enter a street suffix (i.e. Way, Street, Avenue) unless you are searching one of the numbered streets – then enter either “St” or “Ave” rather than spelling out the complete suffix.
      • The grid contains all of the permits available
      • Select permit you wish to view by clicking on the permit number
      • View each individual tab for Permit Info, Site Info, Fees, Inspections, Conditions & Reviews
      • For more recent permits issued between 2019 and the present- note the Linked Activities: such as parent permits
      • You are able to print both the permit details and the inspection record by clicking on the appropriate Printer Icon immediately above the tabs.
        You should see a screen that looks like this:
        screenshot of inspection request site
    • If the permit is older, the Inspection tab is blank as the inspections were recorded on paper permits rather than electronically. Contact the Building division to obtain the inspection record for a particular permit.
    • When searching by APN: only enter the first 9 digits, and you must include the dashes. (###-###-###) This will bring up information regarding your parcel but doesn’t include permits.

Digital Plan Submittal


The Building Division does not require paper copys of plans. Submit your building plans online today!

Encroachment Permits


Follow this link to find "encroachment" information for construction work performed within the public right-of-way or public service easement.



eTRAKiT is the City's online building permit portal. It provides public access to search for information and complete common tasks online.