Business License

Any person conducting business within the Chowchilla city limits must have a business license. This includes any business using a Chowchilla address for advertisement, or state or federal licensing, even if the business is conducted offsite.

All businesses must obtain a business license prior to carrying out business transactions. Businesses that move from one location to another are required to submit a new business license application. It is unlawful to operate a business within the City of Chowchilla without a license. Business license requirements are detailed in Title 5 of the Chowchilla Municipal Code

For more information or to start the business license application process call the Finance Department Business License Division at (559) 665-8615, ext 713. Applications can be submitted in-person to the Finance Department in City Hall at 130 S Second Street during the business hours of Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, excluding holidays. 

Business License Forms and Information

Business license applications are currently being updated and will soon be available from this page. In the meantime contact the Finance Department Business License Division at (559) 665-8615, ext 713 to start the business license application process. Printed application documents can also be obtained from the Finance Department.

For any business address located WITHIN the Chowchilla city limits - IN TOWN Application
For any business address located OUTSIDE the Chowchilla city limits - OUT OF TOWN Application
For any business operating from a RESIDENTIAL HOME within the Chowchilla city limits - HOME BASED Application

To CLOSE a business license - Business License TERMINATION

AB 3002 Documents


AB1379 was imposed by the State of California to increase the $1 state mandate fee to $4.00 for licensing years 2018 thru 2023. The State of California enacted SB1186 (Dutton; Special access: liability) in 2012 which imposed a $1.00 State fee on every applicant for a local business license or renewal (including all in-city commercial and home-based, all exempts, all non-profits, landlords, out -of-city, and all contractors) and is required to be collected by all cities and counties throughout California, including the City of Chowchilla.

This law requires that you be provided the following notices:

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

The Division of the State Architect at

The Department of Rehabilitation at

The California Commission on Disability Access at

To obtain a copy of the AB1379 state mandate, please click on the link listed below: