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CITY OF CHICO COVID-19 UPDATE  ***Click for more information***

City of Chico declares local emergency authorizing the Director of Emergency Services to take all necessary actions. READ DECLARATION

Governor Newsom Declares State of Emergency to Help State Prepare for Broader spread of COVID-19. All levels of state government are being deployed to tackle this evolving situation. READ FULL ANNOUNCEMENT

Please continue to monitor our COVID-19 webpage, our official City social media accounts, and other credible sources of news for the most current updates and information.

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NEW - COUNTYWIDE BUSINESS REOPENING PLAN - "LET'S GET BACK TO WORK!"

Effective immediately, the Governor is beginning his plan to reopen business within the state in a phased approach.  This phased approach is intended to get the economy going again while taking careful measure to not unduly spread COVID-19.  Further, local counties, such as Butte County, have submitted alternate plans to accelerate the types of businesses that may reopen.  The most up to date information on the County’s plan is provided HERE.  The plan includes revised exposure reduction protocols for use countywide, and this protocol takes the place of the one developed by the City. 

 

For more information, call (530) 552-3050.   Butte County residents can dial 2-1-1- (24/7) or text their zip code to 898211 for information and updates.  The text line is available Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 6 pm. To report businesses who are violating the State's Public Health Orders, please email or call in your concerns to CodeEnforcement@chicoca.gov or phone (530) 879-6330.

 

CHICO BUSINESS ASSISTANCE HOTLINE

Our economic development partnership, Team Chico, is here for you also. We bring our Chamber of Commerce, workforce, finance, and education partners together to support you. If you need assistance with your Chico business, email TeamChico@chicoca.gov or phone (530) 896-7299 to reach your business conceirge who can help direct you to the best partner for your needs.

 

Chico Fire Department - Community Connect

The Chico Fire Department is excited to announce a new program, Community Connect, that allows them to protect our community in even more effective ways. It is a free, secure, and easy way for our residents to provide critical information about their households to first responders. To learn more about the program or to sign up, please click here.

Utility User's Tax (UUT) Refund Program Begins May 1

The City of Chico Finance Office will be accepting applications between May 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 for the annual UUT Refund Program. The Refund Program offers low income rate payers a refund on taxes paid for gas, electric, water and telecommunications services paid between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020. See the application for more information about income levels and other requirements.

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2020-001 (EXTENSION OF PLANNING AND BUILDING ENTITLEMENTS)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City's Director of Emergency Services has signed an Executive Order extending Planning entitlements and Building permits, as well application deadlines related to Planning entitlements and Building permits. To view the Order, click here.

 

CITY OF CHICO DECLARES EMERGENCY AND PASSES RESOLUTION NO. 7-20

The declaration of emergency can be found here. With Resolution No7-20, the City of Chico declares a local emergency due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and authorizes the city manager to take all action necessary actions as the director of emergency services. To read Resolution No. 7-20, click here.

OPEN AND BY-APPOINTMENT CITY FACILITIES AND DEPARTMENTS

City facilities, including City Hall, the Chico Police Department, and the Parks & Public Works Office are open to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please see our COVID-19 information page for department appointment contact information.

 

RECORD OF ACTION OF THE MARCH 12, 2020 EMERGENCY COUNCIL MEETING

The Chico City Council called for an Emergency Meeting on March 12, 2020 to address the State of Emergency called for the State of California and Butte County due to COVID-19. The Council took action to address the future of City meetings. The Record of Action can be found here.

 

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE ON THE BIDWELL PARK AND PLAYGROUND COMMISSION

The City is seeking applications to fill one vacancy on the Bidwell Park and Playground Commission. For more information and to fill out an application, click here.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: CITY ATTORNEY SERVICES

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 Proposals can be found here.

 

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) - AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON CITY PROPERTY - Deadline extended to May 15, 2020

The City is seeking development ideas and proposed locations for constructing of affordable housing on City-owned or other governmental property. This is the second time the City has issued this Request for Information. Submissions are due by May 15, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. The complete Request for Information may be accessed by clicking here.

DISTRICT BASED ELECTIONS

The City has transitioned to District-Based Elections beginning with the November 2020 Election. All documents related to District Based Elections can be found on the District Elections webpage (CLICK HERE).

WARMING CENTER - Currently Closed

The City of Chico warming center is currently closed. When open, the warming center is located at the Jesus Center, the City's non-profit partner, located at the Jesus Center, 1297 Park Avenue. Significant rain high average winds can trigger activation when the temperature is under 45 degrees Fahrenheit as well as nights with temperature falling below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. For current, up to date information on warming center operations, call 211.

ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICO PROHIBITING PRICE GOUGING DURING AND FOLLOWING A DECLARED EMERGENCY

On November 16, 2019, the City Council approved extending the Price Gouging Ordinance through December 31, 2020. The link above provides the full text of the ordinance, and the following LINK provides the proposed extension through the end of 2020. Final reading of the ordinance will be heard on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 and the extension will go in effect 30 days thereafter. To report any suspected price gouging, contact the Butte County District Attorney at 1-866-DA-FRAUD (1-866-323-7283).

TO SIGN UP FOR CodeRED EMERGENCY ALERTS CLICK HERE or you can TEXT "BUTTEALERTS" TO 99411

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 step-by-step instructions on how to enroll in CodeRED.

PUBLIC SAFETY POWER SHUTOFF

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.

HUD CONSOLIDATED PLAN

The City of Chico is seeking input for the development of the City’s 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan for the use of federal housing and community development funds. For details in English click here. Para información en Español clic aquí.

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.

BUTTECOUNTYRECOVERS.ORG

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

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 this link: https://chico.hdlgov.com Please note, the City of Chico has contracted HdL Companies of Fresno, CA to administer TOT for all STRs.