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 May 9th to May 13th for Maintenance

Road Closure Advisory: Closed May 9, 2016 at 5:00 a.m. to May 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Road Closure Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2016 – 9:45 a.m.
Contact: Shawn O’Brien, 530.538.7681
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Oroville, CA – Beginning Monday, May 9, 2016 at 5:00 a.m. until Friday, May 13, 2016 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 and then turn west, or use the Midway and Park Avenue north to W. 8th Avenue and 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.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 /Number of views (25) /Categories: News and Announcements

Traffic Control on Palermo Road May 2nd through June 10th

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2016

Contact: Mike Crump, 530.538.7681

The Butte County Department of Public Works would like to inform the general public that traffic control will be in place on a portion of Palermo Road between Lone Tree Road and Power House Hill Road beginning May 2nd through June 10th. 

Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled with a temporary signal. Motorists should expect delays during construction, and are urged to use caution while passing through the work zones and to use alternate routes if possible. Emergency situations will be dealt with immediately.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 /Number of views (99) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Seeks Pubic Input on Fire Department

For Immediate Release: April 12, 2016

Contact: Casey Hatcher, 530.538.6182

Butte County seeks public input for the evaluation of options to restructure the Butte County Fire Department. 

 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 has 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.

It is anticipated that community meetings will be held in the oncoming months where residents will have the opportunity to share and discuss their views.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 /Number of views (311) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Seeks Input on the PowerButte Solar Overlay Zone

County works to address large scale solar energy development at three upcoming community meetings

For Immediate Release: April 6, 2016
Contact: Dan Breedon, 530.538.7629

Oroville, CA. The Butte County Department of Development Services announces three upcoming Community Meetings for the PowerButte Solar Overlay Zone program. PowerButte is a grant funded Butte County initiative to encourage large scale solar energy development in suitable locations in Butte County. Large scale solar energy facilities are defined as facilities ranging in size from ten to potentially several hundred acres that provide power directly to a utility. Three Community Workshops are scheduled in Chico, Butte Valley and Oroville. 

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 /Number of views (299) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Reconsiders Ordinances Protested by Petition

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2016, 2:30 P.M.

Contact: Casey Hatcher, 530.518.3508

Oroville, CA – The Butte County Board of Supervisors will reconsider two ordinances related to cultivation of medical marijuana in the unincorporated area of the County at its March 8, 2016 meeting. Ordinance 4107 amends several sections of Chapter 34A of the County Code entitled, “Restrictions on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana.” Amended sections include, 34A-2, 34A-3, 34A-4, 34A-13, 34A-13, 34A-16, and 34A-19. Ordinance 4106 amends sections 35-2 and 35-5 of Chapter 35 of the County code, entitled, “Right to Farm Ordinance.” Both ordinances were originally adopted on January 26, 2016, but the Butte County Clerk of the Board received referendum petitions on February 24, 2016, which suspended both ordinances the day before they were scheduled to go into effect. County Elections has determined both petitions are sufficient and will certify the results of the petitions at the meeting on March 8, 2016.

The Board of Supervisors may take one of three actions related to Ordinance 4107 and Ordinance 4106 at its March 8, 2016 meeting:

  1. Repeal the ordinance;
  2. Order the Ordinance to be submitted to the voters at the June 7, 2016 Primary Election; or
  3. Order the Ordinance to be submitted to the voters at a special election to be held not less than 88 days after the date of the order.

If the Board of Supervisors does not entirely repeal an ordinance and instead submits the ordinance for a vote, it will remain suspended until the election. If a majority of the voters approve an ordinance, it will go into effect 10 days after the vote is declared by the Board of Supervisors. If the voters reject an ordinance, it will not take effect.

While Ordinance 4107 is suspended, Ordinance 4075, commonly referred to as Measure A, which amended Chapter 34A in 2014 is still in effect. Below is a list of some of the key element of Chapter 34A, the County’s Restrictions on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana. View a full copy of Chapter 34A online at www.buttecounty.net/stayinthebox.

  • Cultivation limits based on cultivation area, by lot size    
     Lot Size (acres) Cultivation Area
     0 – 0.5  Indoor only (Indoor only (detached structure 120 square feet))
    Greater than 0.5 – less than 5.0  50 square feet
     5.0 – less than 10.0  100 square feet
Thursday, March 03, 2016 /Number of views (1496) /Categories: News and Announcements