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.

Fire Department Survey

Fire EngineButte County seeks public input for the evaluation of options to restructure the Butte County Fire Department. Take the survey today.

The Butte County Fire Department is an all-hazard fire department that provides structure fire protection and basic life support to the residents of unincorporated Butte County. The County has entered into a cooperative agreement with CAL FIRE to provide the personnel for the County Fire Department. Because CAL FIRE has an ongoing presence in the area to carry out their mission of protecting the State Responsibility Area from wildland fires, this cooperative agreement results in a mutually beneficial relationship between the County and the State.

The cooperative agreement does have a down side for the County: cost increases are out of the direct control of the Board of Supervisors. The State negotiates salary and benefits and the County has no say. This results in cost increases that are not commensurate with the local economy, imposed on the County with no consideration of local bargaining needs. 

During the 2015-16 budget hearings, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to explore options to reduce the impact that fire services have on the County General Fund. The County is currently developing and analyzing options that could potentially reduce the impact of fire services on the General Fund. As part of this process, the County is seeking input from the public. A survey has been developed to allow residents of Butte County to express their views on the current system. The survey, which takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete, can be found at, http://bit.ly/ButteFireSurvey.

National Library Week: April 10-16 

National Library WeekWhat’s happening in libraries today? They’re more about doing than borrowing - more about connecting than simply plugging in. Whether you want to get involved in your community, grow a garden, find a job, improve your reading skills, or simply get ahead, your library is key to opportunity. Libraries transform lives every day. Visit the Butte County Library April 10-16 during National Library Week!

Here's what’s happening at your Butte County Library:

  • Adults can get help with their reading - FREE! Call 1(888)538-7198 to learn more about our Adult Reading Program. It’s never too late to learn!
  • Jim Gill Family Concerts: The renowned child development specialist, musician and author will be performing throughout Butte County May 7-10, 2016.
  • We're playing Library Bingo! Adults, pick up a free Read, Connect, Discover card at any branch library or download one from our website. You might win a prize!
  • Connect to your community by becoming a member of our Seed Lending Libraries.

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