Economic Development

Experience the Butte County Advantage: Butte County, California is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. The County is committed to protecting and enhancing agriculture as the backbone of the local economy and for the open spaces that make Butte County a beautiful place to live and work.

Permitting and Licensing

Butte County is dedicated to assisting businesses interested in starting, expanding or locating in Butte County. Learn more about our Economic Development Assistance Committee and how we can assist your business through the development process.

Visit CalGold, a website for assisting you with permits for your business.

Butte County

Business License:

The County of Butte only requires business licenses or permits for the activities within the unincorporated area. Depending on the type of business, if you operate out of your home you may also need a Home Occupation Permit.

Type of Business License or Permit  Application Application Fee License or Permit Fee Frequency
Auto Dismantler   $5.00 $38.00 Per Quarter
Bingo Application N/A $50.00 Per Year
Bowling Alley Application N/A $15.00 Per Quarter
Card Room (One Table) Application N/A $500.00 Per Year
Carnival or Circus
N/A $100.00 Per Day
Clairvoyant or Medium Application N/A $250.00 Per Quarter
Dance Permit Application N/A $2.50/$5.00/$15.00 Per Day/Month/Quarter
Fair
N/A $100.00 Per Day
Junk Collector/Dealer Application $5.00 $20.00 Per Quarter
Outdoor Festival
(90-Day Approval Period)
Application
Timeline and Process
$100.00
$300.00
$150.00 Per Day
Environmental Review
Pawnbroker Application $5.00 $20.00 Per Quarter
Peddler Application $5.00 $20.00 Per Quarter
Pool Room Application $15.00 $15.00 Per Quarter
Skating Rink Application N/A $2.50/$5.00/$15.00 Per Day/Month/Quarter
Solicitor Application $5.00 N/A N/A
Sound Truck Application N/A $2.50 Per Year
Theater Application N/A $100.00 Per Year
Used Goods Dealer Application $5.00 $20.00 Per Quarter

 

Fictitious Business Name:

If you are operating under any name other than your own, you must file a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the County. It is also referred to as a DBA (Doing Business As). A fee is required when the statement is filed. Also, once filed, the statement must be published in a local newspaper of general circulation. This statement must be filed with the County Recorder's Office.
Butte County Recorder's Office: 530.538.7691
155 Nelson Avenue, Oroville, CA 95965

Permits:

Planning Department: 530.538.7601 (zoning, other permits)
7 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965
Online Forms
Online Parcel Lookup

Food Vendors: If you are going to be engaged in a business that sells food, you need a permit from Environmental Health, a division of the Public Health Department.
Environmental Health: 530.538.7281 or 530.891.2727
202 Mira Loma Drive, Oroville, CA 95965

Cities and Towns

City of Biggs

3016 Sixth Street, Biggs, CA 95917
530.868.5493
www.biggs-ca.gov

City of Chico

411 Main Street, PO Box 3420, Chico CA 95928
Planning: 530.879.6800
Finance Office: 530.879.7300 (business license)
www.chico.ca.us

City of Gridley

685 Kentucky Street, Gridley, CA 95948
General: 530.846.5695 (business license)
Planning: 530.846.3631 (zoning, environmental review)
www.gridley.ca.us

City of Oroville

1735 Montgomery Street, Oroville, CA 95965
Community Development: 530.538.2408 (planning, building, business license)
www.cityoforoville.org

Town of Paradise

5555 Skyway, Paradise, CA 95969
Community Development: 530.872.6291 (building, zoning)
Town Clerk: 530.872.6291 Ext. 101
No business license is currently required. Contact the town clerk for information on required permits.
www.townofparadise.com

State & Local Permitting Agencies

Liquor License:

If your business sells alcoholic beverages, you need a license. The fee is determined by the kind of business you own.
Butte and Glenn Counties Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control: 530.224.4830
1900 Churn Creek Road #215, Redding, CA 96002
Online Forms

State Regulations Seller's Permit:

Every individual or business engages in selling tangible personal property must apply to the State Board of Equalization for a Seller's Permit (Form BT-400). This permit provides you with a registered resale number, which is required for conducting business. There is no fee for this permit, but you may be required to make a security deposit for future sales tax payments to the State. The permit:

  1. Exempts you from paying sales tax on the merchandise you purchase for resale through your business, and
  2. Authorizes you to collect sales tax from your customers.

State Board of Equalization: 530.224.4729
2881 Churn Creek Road, Suite B, Redding, CA 96002

Excise Tax:

If you sell cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, energy, motor vehicle fuel, or hazardous substances, you must pay an excise tax.
Excise Taxes Division, State Board of Equalization: 1.800.400.7115 or 916.327.4208
PO Box 942879, Sacramento, CA 94279

State Employer Account Number:

All businesses that hire employees must register with the Employment Development Department to obtain an employer account number.
Employment Development Department Account Services Group, MIC 28: 1.888.745.3886
PO Box 826880, Sacramento, CA 94280

Occupational License:

To maintain set standards of performance and to protect consumers, most states regulate entry in specific occupations or professions. These include health services, cosmetology, accounting and real estate. If your business is in any of these regulated fields, you must first meet the standards set forth by the State Licensing Board and then obtain a license. Licenses are usually valid for one or two years and are renewable.
California Department of Consumer Affairs: 1.800.952.5210 or 916.445.1254 or TTY 916.322.1700
400 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

 Contact

Casey Hatcher
Economic and Community Development Manager
530.538.6182
CHatcher@ButteCounty.net

 Location and Hours

Economic Development
25 County Center Drive
Suite 200
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

Get In Touch

Casey Hatcher
Economic and Community Development Manager
25 County Center Dr. Ste. 200, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 530.538.6182 | Email: CHatcher@ButteCounty.net

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