FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
required to obtain a business license?
person or business engaging in business within the city limits
of Chowchilla is required to obtain the proper Business License
Certificate for their business. The Chowchilla Municipal Code
identifies a business as professions, trades, and occupations
(including home occupations), both for profit and non-profit.
When do I need a business license?
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 within the City
of Chowchilla without a license.
Where do I
obtain a business license?
Applications for a
business license are available from the Community and Economic
Development Department in the Chowchilla Civic Center located at
130 S. Second Street, Civic Center Plaza. For information, call
(559) 665-8615, extension 787.
How long does it
take to get a business license?
Once you have
provided your completed application along with the appropriate
payment, it takes an average of up to ten working days to
process and complete.
What information is
required when applying for a business license?
The following items may be required when applying: Social
Security number of applicant, Federal Employment ID number,
State Employment ID number, Board of Equalization account
number, State Contractors License number (if applicable), and
Proof of Workers Compensation Insurance.
the cost of a business license?
with the City Municipal Code Chapter 5, most business license
fees are based on your yearly gross sales. The Business License
Division of the Community and Economic Development Department at
the Civic Center can provide you with a fee schedule. Business
licenses are then due and payable annually.
need a business license if I conduct a business out of my home?
Yes. If you are operating the business from your home within
the city limits of Chowchilla, you must first obtain a Home
Do I need to display my
business license at my business?
Yes, you must
display your annual business license permit for public view as
per Chowchilla Municipal Code Title 5.
business licenses transferable when I purchase an existing
No. As the new owner, you must submit
your own business license application.