Apply For or Renew a Business License

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Use our online portal to apply for or renew a business license.

To apply for or renew a business license online, click HERE.

The City of Chico has contracted HdL Companies of Fresno, CA to conduct a city-wide review of Business License compliance. If you receive a notice regarding business that you may be conducting in the City, please contact HdL at (530) 768-2500 or by email at

General Information

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. If you are not sure which type of license you need, click this link for more information.

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 or 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. (411 Main Street, Second Floor, (530) 879-6700).

If you operate a business that is food related, you must contact the Butte County Health Department at (530) 891-2727 for additional information.

Business License Reports

To run a report of Chico businesses with current business licenses, click this link.

Quick Links & Additional Information

More Business License Information
Business License Application
DPBIA Tax Application
Flat Rate Tax Application
Home Occupation Permit
Taxpayer ID Information
Seller’s Permit Information
Fictitious Name Statements
Butte Business Resources
Business Resources & Economic Development (Choose Chico web page)

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Which 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
    • Lock Boxes
    • Animal Show, Carnival, Circus
    • Pickup/Delivery from Outside City
    • Auto Parking Lots
    • Water Utility
    • Auto Race Track
    • Retail/Wholesale Concrete, Aggregate, Ec.
    • Bowling Alley
    • Card Room, Pool Hall
    • Room and Board House
    • Christmas Tree Vendor
    • Mobile Home Park
    • Fortune Teller, Palmist
    • Hotel, Motel, Apartment
    • 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 Downtown Chico, you must also complete the Downtown Parking and Business Improvement Area application online.

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