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, for more information view the Madera County Economic Development Corporation website.

Zoning Ordinance

The Chowchilla Zoning Ordinance as contained in Title 18 of the Municipal Code, 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.

The ADOPTED version of the Chowchilla Zoning Ordinance can be viewed online.

Subdivision Ordinance

The division of land within the city limits is regulated by the Chowchilla Subdivision Ordinance as contained in Title 17 of the Municipal Code, and by 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 Subdivision Ordinance. Information on the process and requirements for subdividing land may be obtained from the Community and Economic Development Department.

A DRAFT version of the current Chowchilla Subdivision Ordinance update is available for viewing online.


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.