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

Butte County to Host Celebration for Next Phase of Oroville Veterans Memorial Park on May 25th

For Immediate Release: May 19, 2016

Contact: Casey Hatcher, 530.538.6182 or 530.518.3508

The public is invited to attend a celebration for the next phase of improvements to the Oroville Veterans Memorial Park on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Memorial Park location, 2450 Montgomery Street in Oroville. Butte County, in coordination with the Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee, will hold a ceremony to honor Charter Members of the Park Committee and donors to the project. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments and members of the public can view plans for the next phase of improvements. 

The next phase of the project will open the overlook area of the park for public use including installation of columns and safety railings. The phase will include construction of the Wall of Honor and installation of the Memorial Tiles, which were sold to memorialize veterans and assist with funding the park project. View the current Memorial Tiles or learn how to buy tiles online at www.orovilleveteransmemorialpark.org.

Please note the location is an unimproved construction site. Attendees should wear appropriate footwear.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 /Number of views (126) /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 (603) /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 (1913) /Categories: News and Announcements