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COOLING CENTER OPERATIONS - Open Friday, August 16th

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. 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.


The City Council met in February 2019 to begin development of a strategic plan. The first step in the process resulted in the identification of eight vision statements that will serve as the foundation for City planning and budgeting for the next three to five years.

The next step in the strategic planning process is having our citizens rank the eight vision statements to ensure their voices are heard. Residents are encouraged to complete the Chico Community Visioning Survey where they will be asked to prioritize the vision statements, organizing them from what they feel should be the City’s top priority down to the lowest priority and to share their ideas on what actions the City should take to achieve their identified #1 vision.

Click here for the survey!


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 August 19, 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.



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 by phone (landline or mobile), text-message or email. Click here for more information.



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.