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.

Prepare for Winter Storms and Heavy Rain

The National Weather Service is tracking and forecasting an El Nino event for Winter 2015/2016. El Nino events may bring heavy rainfall to the area, which can result in flooding.

Prepare your property now to reduce flooding during heavy rain events.

  • Make a place for water to runoff. 
    • Clear ditches on your property or adjacent to your property of vegetation and other debris before it rains to ensure water runoff has a place to flow.
    • Be aware permits may be required to work in some creeks, streams, rivers, and ditches not maintained by the County. 
  • Be ready to protect your property with sandbags.
    • Have full sandbags stored onsite and ready to use during a heavy rain event. View a full list of locations to get sandbags, bulk sand, and empty bags in Butte County.
    • If you cannot store sandbags onsite, know where you can access sand and bags when a storm watch or warning is issued. 

Ticket Amnesty & Driver's License Reinstatement Programs

Effective October 1, 2015 - March 31, 2017

Governor Brown signed into law a one-time amnesty program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets and a drivers license reinstatement program. The program began October 1, 2015 and will run through March 31, 2017. 

The Central Collections Division of the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Department administers the program on behalf of the Butte County Superior Court, as it is responsible for collecting delinquent court fines and fees. Learn more about the amnesty programs.

PG&E Community Pipeline Safety Initiative

PG&E has issued information about the Community Pipeline Safety Initiative and the plan to remove trees in Butte County. Read the information issued by PG&E including a description of the initiative, questions and answers, and maps of project areas.

Local & Community Resources


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

Children Mental Health Crisis
800.371.4373 or

Adult Mental Health Crisis
800.334.6622 or

Victim/Witness Program
530.538.7340 or