Building Division

Building Division

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The Building Division is responsible for activities related to the construction, remodeling, and demolition of buildings and structures.

By reviewing building permit applications, issuing building and related permits, checking plans, and inspecting buildings and properties, the Division can ensure compliance with applicable codes and ordinances. The Division is responsible for enforcing all applicable building, mechanical, energy, accessibility, plumbing, electrical and housing codes and laws adopted by the City and State to ensure a safe and habitable building environment.

***2022 California Building Code Significant Changes Workshop (Residential)***

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:

Link to California Building Standards Commission 2022 Code Changes 

Link to Significant 2022 Title 24 California Code Changes

***New Digital Plan Submittal***
The Building Division No Longer Requires a Paper Plan Copy as Part of Building Plan Submittal
Upload Documents - Read More
Upcoming Holiday Closures:

Monday, May 29th, 2023 City Hall will be closed in observance of Memorial Day

***ATTENTION***  New 2022 Code Update
2022 California Building code is in effect starting January 1, 2023
Please click on this link for full details on how the building code affects permits, permit applications and master plans.

***ATTENTION*** On the first Wednesday of each month, between 8:00am and 9:00am, Building Division Staff  may be unavailable to assist at the front counter so they can participate in the Building Divisions monthly staff meeting.  

***ATTENTION*** On the fourth Tuesday of each month, between 8:00am and 9:00am, Building Inspector Staff  will be in a mandatory meeting that may impact your AM inspection requests.

To access eTRAKiT our Online Permit Service, please use the links below

Important Information

New Plan Submittals Accepted:

  • APPOINTMENTS ARE HIGHLY RECOMENDED Call for an appointment (530)879-6700.

Walk-In Customers:

  • City Hall hours.
  • Mornings 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Monday – Friday
  • Afternoons 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Financial transactions are not accepted after 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed on  First Wednesday of the Month 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

New 2019 Code Update


Click here to let us know if you have a code question. We will respond to all emails within three working days

Useful Links

The Building Standards Commission
The International Code Council
California Building Officials
California Energy Commission
California Government Code (legislation)
Contractors State License Board​
PG&E Rebates & Savings
The Building Performance Institute
Greywater Action
Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials
Energy Code Ace

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

Certified Access Specialists Program Inspectors

Building Code and Regulations

International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials
International Code Council
Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials

Building Industry

American National Standards Institute
California Building Industry Association
Valley Contractors Exchange

State and Federal Government

Air Resource Board
Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
California Architects Board​
California State Contractors License Board
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Official California Legislative Information
State of California
Title 24 California Building Standards Code


California Water Service Company
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
USA North Dig Safely


Chico Association of Realtors
Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD)

Local Utility Providers

Pacific Gas & Electric: 1-800-743-5000

Suburban Propane: 530-342-3541
Coast Gas: 530-342-6736
Tri-Flame Propane: 530-342-0447

California Water Service: 530-893-6330

Waste Management: 530-893-4777
Recology: 530-342-4444

U.S. Postal Service
Chico Main: 530-343-2456
Chico Downtown: 530-894-3710
Regional: 1-800-275-8777

The area code for Chico, CA is (530).


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