Community & Economic Development

The Community and Economic Development Department guides and facilitates projects and development activities within the City to provide a standard of development that preserves the health, safety, general welfare and quality of life for residents.

The department collaborates with the Madera County Economic Development Corporation. Visit their website for more information.

Zoning Ordinance

The Chowchilla Zoning Ordinance delineates the City into various zones for residential, commercial, and industrial development. The ordinance regulates not only the location of various types of land uses, but also outlines other development requirements such as maximum building heights, building setback requirements, intensity of use, and required off-street parking. Contact the Community and Economic Development Department for more information about the Chowchilla Zoning Ordinance.

Subdivision Ordinance

The division of land within the city limits is regulated by the Chowchilla Subdivision Ordinance and the State of California Subdivision Map Act. The division of a parcel of land into two or more parcels is considered a subdivision of land and is subject to compliance with the Chowchilla Subdivision Ordinance. Information on the process and requirements for subdividing land may be obtained from the Community and Economic Development Department.

Administrative Citations

The City of Chowchilla may find cause to issue an Administrative Citation due to possible municipal code violations. Visit the Administrative Citations page for more information.

Fireworks Sales Booth Biennial Lottery Drawing

Next application period is June 2021.

Every two years community organizations are invited to submit a Fireworks Booth Sales Lottery Draw Application to be entered into a drawing for selection to setup temporary fireworks sales booths and sell legal fireworks within the city limits as a fundraiser. The annual sales period is from late June up through the July 4th Independence Day holiday.

Applications are ONLY ACCEPTED between June 1 and June 30 of each application year, the year that ends in an odd number. Organizations must meet eligibility qualifications as defined in the application.

The City Council will conduct the lottery draw in July of the application year. Selected organizations will be approved for two consecutive sales years beginning with the following June of the year ending in an even number. Selected organizations must submit a Fireworks Permit Application and fulfill all the listed requirements prior to beginning any fireworks sales.

Industrial Park Land for Sale

Chowchilla is located at the intersection of two major highways that serve the San Francisco Bay cities and those communities up and down the San Joaquin Valley. The City has a 2,000 acre area zoned for industrial and commercial building or occupancy. With attractive economic incentives the City of Chowchilla is ready to help you grow a business.