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.

Camp Fire Claims Survey
The County of Butte has initiated a multi-step process to understand the status of claims and payments resulting from Camp Fire losses and the overall fairness of the private claims process being used.  A survey has been created to help the County better understand the concerns of claimants, and determine whether any particular concerns are widely held. 

The survey is available online. Paper copies of the survey will be available at all Butte County Library Branches beginning September 10. A list of Library Hours and Locations is available on the Butte County Library website. A PDF version of the survey is available for those who would prefer to print their own copy. Completed paper copies of the survey can be mailed to Camp Fire Claims Survey, 25 County Center Drive, Suite 213, Oroville, CA. 95965. Please return paper surveys by October 15, 2022.
Responding to this survey is voluntary and we are requesting one survey be completed per household. There are 54 questions total within three categories (Personal, Business and Minors), you only need to answer those applicable to your household. The survey should take approximately 4 minutes to complete. If you do not have Camp Fire claims, please do not complete the survey. The survey asks for no personal identifying information and is anonymous. 
The County’s next step will be to present the results to the Board of Supervisors. At that time, the results of the survey will be aggregated into a table form by question and made available to the public on the Butte County website.

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 Business Stabilization Program II
In an effort to offset the impacts of COVID-19 on local businesses, both the County of Butte and the City of Chico have allocated American Rescue funds to support local business stabilization through the implementation of the Butte Business Stabilization Program II.  Information on the Butte Business Stabilization Program II, as well as a link to the grant application, is available at www.buttebusinessresourcehub.org

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

Emergency Mass Notification 

Sign up for Butte County Emergency Mass Notifications Online.

Emergency Mass Notification

Contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office, infosheriff@buttecounty.net if you have trouble registering your address for notifications.

Preparing for Evacuation - Stay Prepared

Plan for Animal Evacuation

Before any type of emergency occurs, have a plan in place for evacuation of your animals. Research possible locations for you and your pets to go and keep an updated list of friends who live outside of the area that might be able to care for your animals.

Build a Go Bag!

A Go Bag contains items that should sustain you for 72 hours in the event of emergency or evacuation. Every member of your family should have their own Go Bag. Store your Go Bag where you feel it is most accessible if you have to leave your home or work with very short notice. Learn which items to include in your Go Bag and how to maintain your bag.

Make a Family Communication Plan Tonight

Family Communication Plan

Being prepared for an emergency is always a good idea. Today, it is especially important. Your family may not be together if an the Evacuation Warning is upgraded to an Immediate Evacuation Order, so it is important to think develop a Family Community Plan. Use these resources from FEMA.


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