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.

News and Announcements

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Gets Annual Review

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

Media Contact: John Gulserian, 530.538.7373

To reduce or eliminate the long-term risks of natural hazards, such as fire and flooding, Butte County along with the cities of Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville, the Town of Paradise, Thermalito Water and Sewer District and Paradise Irrigation District developed a Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan was reviewed and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on November 4, 2014.

As part of the plan, and to maintain eligibility for FEMA reimbursement for declared emergencies each participating jurisdiction will be reviewing their projects for updates. Any new mitigation projects that are under way or in the planning stages can also be included. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate by coming to the annual review meeting to be held February 2, 2016 at 10:00AM in the Tahoe Room at 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville.

The Butte County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan can be found on the Butte County Website.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 /Number of views (211) /Categories: News and Announcements
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New Office Hours for the Butte County Veterans Services Office Starting January 3, 2016

For Immediate Release: December 22, 2015 - 9:00 a.m.

Contact: Hannah Williamson: 530.891.2759

Oroville - The Butte County Veterans Services Office (VSO) is changing its public office hours to better serve these needs of Veterans in the community. New office hours will start January 3, 2016. The demand for VSO services from disabled and ill Veterans has increased. In response, the VSO is restructuring public office hours to give employees more time to prepare and submit claims while still offering ample time for appointments with Veterans.

New VSO Public Office Hours

  • Mondays and Wednesdays
    • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (appointments only)
    • 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (appointments only)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (appointments only)
    • 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (walk-ins)
  • Fridays
    • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (appointments only) 

Appointments can be scheduled by calling the VSO at 530-891-2759. 

Over the past three years, the total number of annual claims filed has increased by approximately 196%. The total number of annual client visits has increased by over 230% during this same period of time. The preparation and submission of claims for veterans’ benefits involves a significant amount of administrative work and the VSO team is committed to providing the most proficient and professional claims benefits services possible. The new office hours will enhance the VSO team’s ability to maintain accuracy and integrity for the critical services provide to Veterans in the community. 

The Butte County Veterans Services Office (VSO) was established by the Butte County Board of Supervisors to assist veterans, their dependents and survivors, and the general public in obtaining benefits from federal, state, and local agencies administering programs for veterans. For more information about services provided by the Butte County VSO, please refer to http://www.buttecounty.net/dess/Services/VeteranServices.aspx.

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Reporting Well Problems Due to the Drought

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2014
Contact: Dr. Christina Buck 538-4343

Oroville, CA – July 16, 2014. Butte County is receiving a number of calls regarding household wells in Durham, outskirts of Chico, and in foothill areas that are no longer producing water, or ‘going dry’. This occurs when the groundwater level falls below the level of the pump or the bottom of the well. The Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation would like to hear from people who are experiencing problems with their private household or agricultural production wells due to the drought. Although the County cannot solve individual well problems, documenting the problems helps in our drought assessment efforts and understanding groundwater basin conditions. Well problems could include wells that have ‘gone dry’ (are no longer producing water), wells that are producing water sporadically, wells with increased sand or sediment, or reduced water pressure. A voluntary online form is available for reporting problems, http://goo.gl/fTTtHk.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 /Number of views (12564) /Categories: News and Announcements
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