Planning Division

Planning Division


Subdivision ordinance rewrite

New SB 9 Housing Laws


adu – accessory dwelling units

Public Review Documents and Current Projects

GEneral Plan and Other Planning Documents

The Planning Division is responsible for both current and long range administration of state, regional, and local land use laws. 

Types of Planning:

Current planning involves the review of development applications for conformance with City plans, ordinances and policies related to zoning, urban design, subdivision, and the California Environmental Quality Act. Processing of development applications also includes the consideration of public input at Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board, and City Council meetings. Please see the “Chico Development Review Process“ 

Long range planning involves the City’s policy planning activities, which include analyzing and preparing various planning documents such as the City’s General Plan, specific plans, Design Guidelines, and other land use studies. Community Development staff also assemble and maintain community data and demographics and coordinate the reporting of this data to outside agencies.

** Please Note: The Planning Department will be closing on Monday, September 4, 2023, in observance of Labor Day.  We will return your call and emails on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. 


Residential Development

For any residential construction, the first step is to find the zoning for your property.

Zoning determines what can be on your property and which uses are allowed. Within the Residential zoning districts, zoning generally determines whether you can build one house or several dwelling units on your property.


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.

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Welcome to the City of Chico!

On July 1, 2020, the communities of Chapman and Mulberry were recently added to the City of Chico through the Chapman Neighborhood Annexation. As a result, the City is now providing their municipal services. Below are summaries and contact numbers for key services provided by the City.

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