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The City Council of the City of Chico is requesting interested full-service law firms with experience advising and representing California municipalities to submit Statements of Qualifications and Proposals to provide legal services to the City of Chico and Successor Agency of the Chico Redevelopment Agency. The official Request for Proposal can be accessed by clicking here. Responses are due by Friday, October 18, 2019 at 5 p.m.



The Chico City Council is conducting a one-day affordable housing conference on Saturday, September 28. The City is honored to have the conference's opening, key note speaker be Ms. Tia Boatman-Patterson, Senior Advisor on Housing in the Office of Governor Newsom, who will highlight the Governor's aggressive affordable housing agenda, and how it will be realized through the state budget. The lunch key note speakers will be focused on two visionary projects in the North State with affordability components, to include a multi-pronged Downtown project in Redding, being presented by the McConnell Foundation's Program Officer for Community Vitality, Ms. Rachel Hatch, and Chico's own Meriam Park project, being presented by Mr. Dan Gonzales, who is developing an inspired and creative new community for the North State that blends the best new urban trends with traditional neighborhood design principles. Numerous other panels will visit topics to include:

~ Affordable Rental Housing Programs: What Works, What Doesn't, What do we Need More of?

~ Types of Low-Income Rental Units and How to Produce More of Them.

~ Affordable by Design: How to Build Housing More Affordable to Buy.

~ Financing Options for Low- and Moderate-Income Buyers.

Space is limited and individual registration is required. To register please click this Eventbrite link.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! The City would like to thank North Valley Community Foundation, Costco, Dutch Bros Coffee and California State University, Chico for their contributions towards a successful Conference.


The Ad Hoc Housing Committee has set the dates for the first round of meetings to address the housing needs of our community. Citizens are asked to attend and participate in discussions of housing concerns and possible solutions. Click here for meeting information.

Housing Committee Presentations:

Chico Builders Association PPT

City of Chico PPT



The Community Development Department is transitioning to a new software system on August 23, 2019. Please refer to each divisions home page for more details.



The CodeRED mass notification system is used to alert Chico residents in the event of an emergency. The City encourages all residents to sign up to receive CodeRED notifications. You can sign up by visiting the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page or by texting "Buttealerts" to 99411. Click here for more information about CodeRED .


When temperatures are forecast to rise into the triple digits for multiple days, an emergency cooling center will be made available at the Jesus Center in Chico, located at 1297 Park Avenue.  The cooling center will be open from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. for the weekday opening and 2 p.m through 8 p.m for weekends (hours subject to change). The cooling center will operate within the dining room space, and there will be restrooms and hydration for those seeking respite from the heat.  In the case the center remains open into the weekend, operating hours will be modified. Call 211 or visit helpcentral.org for up to date cooling center information.  For additional heat related information, click here. For medical emergencies, call 911.

ENGAGED CHICO - Participate and be heard!

The City of Chico is pleased to announce the roll out of “Engaged Chico,” an online citizen engagement tool providing citizens of Chico with a new and convenient way to have greater access to our elected officials and city staff. Citizens can easily provide feedback, suggest ideas, learn about upcoming projects planned for the City, and most importantly have additional ways to be heard at actual Council meetings. This program also allows citizens to easily contribute, vote on and prioritize ideas using a customized website dedicated to community idea sharing. Take a look at the site here.


The Chico City Council has an unscheduled vacancy on the ARHPB. The seat will serve through January 2021. In addition to its authority established by Chapter 19.18 of the Chico Municipal Code for the review of architectural drawings prior to the issuance of certain building permits, the ARHPB reviews building proposals that may affect buildings or other resources listed on the City of Chico Historic Resources Inventory, including making recommendations to the City Council for new listings on the Inventory.
Applicants must be residents of the City of Chico and qualified voters (18 years or older). The Commission meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber Building, 421 Main Street. An application and supplemental questionnaire must be completed for this position, and turned in by September 16, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office, City Municipal Building, 411 Main Street.

Application Materials:

1. Summary of Commission

2. Application instructions

3. Application (required)

4. Supplemental Questionnaire (required)

5. AP&P 10-1



Pursuant to Chico Municipal Code Section 19.02.020, the Community Development Deputy Director has made an Official Planning Director Interpretation (OPDI) that the use as proposed by Chico Housing Action Team for the Simplicity Village project on Notre Dame Blvd., south of Morrow Lane, is an allowed temporary use in the ML zone. A copy of the OPDI can be found here.



To keep communities safe, energy companies may need to turn off power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). To learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs visit prepareforpowerdown.com. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) also has information on what to do before, during and after a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, how to update your contact information to receive safety shutoff alerts, as well as information on wildfire prevention and preparedness.

Recall Information

Councilmember Karl Ory and Mayor Randall Stone were served with a Notice of Intent to Recall on Tuesday, May 21st. The proponents contact information is (510) 206-8901. The City Clerk/ Elections Official is waiting until such time that all the required documents are turned in order to determine the next steps. Click Here for the Notice of Intent.


Staff Memo to City Council Highlighting City Efforts to Promote Housing Production

To view Community Development Department's May 7, 2019 Staff memo to City Council re.: City Efforts to Promote Housing Production, please Click Here.





The official website for Camp Fire recovery. (Debris Removal, Zone Captain System, Rebuilding, Housing & Shelters, Recovery Statistics, Maps, Business Assistance, Safety, Mental Health & Wellness, Additional Resources, Monetary Donations/Volunteer, SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center.)


Ordinance of the Council of the City of Chico Prohibiting Price Gouging During and Following a Declared Emergency

              2018 Election Information - Click here.



              Short Term Rentals (STRs)

              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. TOT returns for STRs including appeals can now be submitted online, by phone, and by mail. To submit a TOT return or appeal online, please click on the link below.


              Please note, the City of Chico has contracted HdL Companies of Fresno, CA to administer TOT for all STRs.