Business Licenses & Permits

Thank you for your interest in conducting business in Butte County. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) for information on:

  • Fictitious Business Name Statements
  • Business Licenses
  • Home Occupation Permits
  • California Sellers Permits
  • Other Business Assistance Resources

While the County of Butte does not require standard Business Licenses, please see the table regarding other required applications and permits.

Type of Business License or PermitApplicationApplication FeeLicense or Permit FeeFrequency
Auto DismantlerN/A$5$38Per Quarter
BingoBingo Application (PDF)
N/A$50Per Year
Bowling AlleyBowling Alley Application (PDF)
N/A$15Per Quarter
Cardroom (one table)Cardroom Application (PDF)
N/A$500Per Year
Carnival or CircusN/AN/A$100Per Day
Clairvoyant or MediumClairvoyant or Medium Application (PDF)
N/A$250Per Quarter
Dance PermitDance Permit Application (PDF)
N/A$2.50 / $5 / $15Per Day / Month / Quarter
FairN/AN/A$100Per Day
Junk Collector/DealerJunk Collector / Dealer Application (PDF)
$5$20Per Quarter
Outdoor Festival (90-day approval period)Outdoor Festival Application / Application Timeline and Process (PDF)
$100 / $300$150Per Day Environmental Review
PawnbrokerPawnbroker Application (PDF)
$5$20Per Quarter
PeddlerPeddler Application (PDF)
$5$20Per Quarter
Pool RoomPool Room Application (PDF)
$15$15Per Quarter
Skating RinkSkating Rink Application (PDF)
N/A$2.50 / $5 / $15Per Day / Month / Quarter
SolicitorSolicitor Application (PDF)
Sound TruckSound Truck Application (PDF)
N/A$2.50Per Year
TheaterTheater Application (PDF)
N/A$100Per Year
Used Goods DealerUsed Goods Dealer Application (PDF)
$5$20Per Quarter

Other Business License Resources

If you are planning to operate your business within the city limits of Chico, Gridley, Paradise, or Oroville, each jurisdiction has specific requirements related to business licensing.

Business Ombudsman

In order to provide top level customer service to businesses either currently located in Butte County, or considering growing into the County, businesses have the ability to tap a single source of assistance through the County's Office of Economic and Community Development.  The County's ombudsman will assist businesses in learning more about the various programs and services available to help grow their business, direct businesses to various other County Departments for specific questions or concerns regarding land development, and assist when questions or concerns may arise during the development process.

  1. Katie Simmons

    Deputy Administrative Officer, Economic and Community Development