Starting up a business

Some tips on permits

Despite the monetary woes we’re all facing, new businesses seem to be popping up around Chico every day, from consignment shops downtown to tattoo parlors and restaurants. For some, right now is just the time to start up a fresh new company. But not everyone has the business know-how to do it. There are lots of forms to fill out just to make everything legit, and that’s not taking into consideration finding a location, staff, etc. To get started, take a cue from the Chico Chamber of Commerce, which outlines the steps necessary to put that great idea into motion. For more information and links to applications, log onto the Chamber Web site at and click on “Doing Business in Chico.”

Business license Through Finance Dept. Fee varies
Fictitious Name Statement Butte County Clerk/Recorder Requires printed public notice
Seller’s permit State Board of Equalization If selling something
Home occupation permit Community Services Dept. $40, if working from home
Downtown Parking & Business Improvement Area license Finance Dept. Submit with business license app
Taxpayer ID number IRS If a corporation or partnership