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

Railroad Crossing at Hegan Lane in Chico will be Closed August 31st through September 2nd for Maintenance

Road Closure Advisory: Closed August 31, 2015 at 5:00 a.m. to September 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Road Closure Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2015 – 11:45 a.m.
Contact: Shawn O’Brien, 530.538.7681
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Oroville, CA – Beginning Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5:00 a.m. until Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Union Pacific railroad crossing on Hegan Lane in Chico will be closed to traffic for maintenance. Drivers should allow extra time to reach their destinations. 

Local Hegan Lane traffic on the east side of the railroad tracks wishing to go west need to use either the Midway south to Durham Dayton Highway then turn west or use the Midway and Park Avenue north to W. 8th Avenue. then turn west to Dayton Road. Local Hegan Lane traffic on the west side of the railroad tracks will need to use Dayton Road to go either north to W 9th Ave. then turn east to Park Avenue. or south to Durham Dayton Hwy then turn east to the Midway.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 /Number of views (97) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Beats Water Conservation Requirement for June and July

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.

Contact: Casey Hatcher 530.538.6182
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Use Water Wisely SignOroville, CA –Butte County exceeded water conservation requirements for June and July. The County reduced water usage at its facilities by nearly 6 million gallons in June and July of 2015 compared to the same months in 2013, which amounts to a 50% reduction in water use. The water reduction seen at County facilities surpassed water conservation requirements by over 2.3 million gallons.

Water Conservation Summary (June/July 2015)

Water Provider Serving Butte County Facilities  Required Water Reduction* June & July 2015 Water Reduction
California Water Service - Chico 32% 50%
California Water Service - Oroville 28% 57%
Thermalito Water and Sewer 25% 36%
South Feather Water and Power 25% 54.9%
Paradise Irrigation District 25% 53%

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 /Number of views (174) /Categories: News and Announcements

Code Enforcement Officers went Door-to-Door in Thermalito Wednesday to Enforce Violations to the County’s Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2015 2:15 p.m.

Contact: Chris Jellison, 530.538.6000
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Code Enforcement OfficerOroville, CA – Four teams of Butte County Code Enforcement Officers, accompanied by Sheriff’s Deputies and District Attorney Investigators for safety, visited 38 residences in Thermalito Wednesday to determine compliance with the County’s medical marijuana cultivation ordinance. Each team was assigned a list of properties presumed to be in violation of the County’s ordinance based on aerial photos obtained during a flyover of the neighborhood on Tuesday, August 10, 2015. During the visits, Code Enforcement Officers issued 33 citations for violations to the County’s ordinance; some residents received citations where multiple violations existed. Officers will return in 72 hours to inspect the properties in order to see if residents have come into compliance with the ordinance. On Wednesday, four of the suspected violation sites were determined to be unfounded and no citations were issued. Another 10 residents became compliant with the ordinance on the spot by cutting down plants in an Officer's presence and no citations were issued in those cases.

Earlier this year, on February 25, 2015, Code Enforcement Officers went door-to-door in the same community to meet with residents and inform them about the new restrictions on cultivation of medical marijuana. During those visits, Code Enforcement Officers encouraged residents to Learn the Facts about the new restrictions.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 /Number of views (238) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Emergency Water Filling Station Available by Appointment

For Immediate Release: August 12, 2015 - 1:15 p.m.

Contact: Casey Hatcher (530) 538-6182
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Oroville, CA - The Emergency Water Filling Station located at 1951 Locust Street in Chico is now open by appointment only. Appointments are available on Tuesdays beginning at 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays beginning at 9:00 a.m. Residents who need emergency water should call the Office of Emergency Management at 530.538.7631 to schedule an appointment. The emergency water is not potable. The water can be used for everyday household functions, such as showering, doing laundry, and flushing toilets, but residents should use bottled water for drinking. 

The Butte County Office of Emergency Management originally opened the Emergency Water Filling Station on July 28, 2015 with hours on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in order to provide water to residential well owners whose wells were dry or not producing adequate water because of the drought. Due to low demand for the emergency water, and in order to efficiently use County staff time, the emergency water is now available by appointment only. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 /Number of views (286) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Signs Proclamation of Local Emergency Caused by Drought

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

Contact: Casey Hatcher (530) 538-6182
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Oroville, CA – A Local Emergency caused by drought conditions has been proclaimed for Butte County. The proclamation was executed by the County Chief Administrative Officer, Paul Hahn and the Board of Supervisors will consider an item during the Board Meeting on July 28, 2015 to ratify the proclamation. The County executed the proclamation in response to increased reports of residential wells going dry because of drought conditions.

Proclaiming a Local Emergency due to the drought allows the County to access more resources to better assist residents with dry wells. The full level of assistance for residential well owners whose wells have gone dry still remains to be determined. For now, the County is focused on helping residential well owners whose wells are dry or not producing adequate water get access to water.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 /Number of views (1539) /Categories: News and Announcements