Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

Animal Control

Staffing shortages have impacted Butte County Animal Control (BCAC), which is currently operating at 28% of normal capacity. We are working hard to hire and train for these positions as quickly as possible. Once hired, it takes six months of training before BCAC officers can respond effectively on their own. We ask for your patience at this time, as calls and responses must be prioritized based on threat to animal and human health. Specifically, calls related to the removal of deceased wildlife from road shoulders may not be possible. If an animal is impeding traffic, we will coordinate with local area partners to ensure roadway safety. BCAC services the unincorporated areas in Butte County. 

2022 Drought

Butte County Drought Assistance Program

The Butte County Drought Assistance Program will provide drinking water deliveries to residents without access to clean water. The first phase of the project will provide up to 5000 gallons per month per household for residents who have a storage tank. The second phase will provide temporary storage tanks to residents who don’t have them already installed. 

There are three ways to sign up for the program:

  • Call the Butte County Office of Emergency Management at 530.552.3333
  • Visit the Butte County Office of Emergency Management located at 25 County Center Drive, Suite 213 in Oroville

This program is free to all qualifying residents of Butte County. If you have questions about how the program works or would like further information please call 530.552.3333 Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4pm. 

For additional information on the 2022 Drought, please visit the Drought Information Page

Butte County Sheriff's Office Announces New Evacuation Zone Map


In the fall of 2020, BCSO’s Emergency Managers began working with CAL FIRE, Butte County Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, creating Evacuation Zones for all of Butte County. These zones will be used during a fire or other emergency requiring evacuations in our county. It is important to remember the last three numbers of the zone, as every zone has a different number and no two are the same. For example, the BCSO substation in Magalia is located at 14166 Skyway. The zone is: BUT-MA-289. The BUT stands for Butte, the MA stands for Magalia and the 289 is the zone number.

View New Evacuation Zone Map


ALERT FM Emergency Notification System

Butte County is partnering with Bare on the Ridge, Inc. and ALERT FM to provide Alert FM devices to individuals who meet program eligibility guidelines and you may be eligible to receive a free ALERT FM receiver if you meet that criteria. 

ALERT FM is a device that receives mass notifications in times of crisis or emergency.  This device keeps citizens informed when the power, internet and/or cellular networks fail.

FREE devices are available on a FIRST COME, FIRST-SERVED basis for eligible households.  Once supplies have been exhausted you may request to be added to a waitlist.

Eligibility and Registration information is available here.

To learn more about ALERT FM you can visit https://www.alertfm.com


Butte County COVID-19

Butte County COVID-19 information is available at www.ButteCounty.net/COVID-19


Call 911 for Police, Fire or Medical emergencies.

Child Abuse
800.400.0902 or

24 Hour Domestic Violence Help
800.895.8476 or

Rape Crisis
800.656.4673 or

Elder Abuse

Mental Health Crisis
800.334.6622 or

Victim Assistance Bureau