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

Board of Supervisors Approves Fee Waivers to Help Wall Fire Victims Clean Up and Rebuild

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2017, 1:00 pm
Contact: Casey Hatcher, (530) 518-3508
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Oroville, CA - The Butte County Board of Supervisors approved fee waivers to assist Wall Fire victims as they clean up burned properties and rebuild homes and other structures. The purpose of the fee waivers is to encourage rebuilding and elimination of hazardous and blighted areas. The community at large will benefit from such assistance by restoring property values, and removing debris, hazardous materials, and blight caused by the fire. The fee waivers and streamlined services will be available for any fires declared local emergencies during the 2017 CAL FIRE-defined fire season.

Residents should visit the Fire Assistance Center to meet one-on-one with County staff and talk through the steps to clean up their properties and begin rebuilding. Staff can help residents understand the available fee waivers and begin recovering from the Wall Fire. The Fire Assistance Center is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and is located at the Department of Development Services building, 7 County Center Drive in Oroville. Walk-in visits are welcome, but residents can also call 530.538.7473 for an appointment. Information is also available online at www.buttecounty.net/fireassistancecenter.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 /Number of views (5180) /Categories: News and Announcements
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Butte County Secures Assistance to Remove Hazardous Materials from Properties Burned by Wall Fire

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2017, 2:30 pm
Contact: Lisa Almaguer, 530.966-1686
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Residents whose homes or structures were damaged or destroyed by the Wall Fire can get assistance to remove hazardous materials at no cost. The assistance is provided by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control and is available at no cost to the County or the residents. Identifying and removing hazardous materials is an important first step for any home or structure damaged by wildfire. This step keeps people safe on the property, protects creeks and streams, ensures materials can be accepted by the landfill, and is required for structures to be rebuilt.

Ash, charred debris, and other contaminated materials from burned structures may be hazardous waste. The Public Health Department warns property owners who wish to conduct ash and debris cleanup themselves that significant health hazards may be present when handling ash, debris, and household hazardous waste. Experience from similar fires in California has shown that asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metal residues, and other hazardous substances may be present in burn ash and debris.

Due to these hazards, the Public Health Department recommends that site cleanup be conducted by appropriately licensed professional contractors. Residents who want to access the free services available for removal of hazardous waste from their property will need to complete a Right of Entry form to allow the work to take place on their property. These forms will be available starting Monday, July 17th at noon at the Fire Assistance Center. Residents can come to the Fire Assistance Center Monday through Friday from noon to 3:00 pm to work one-on-one with County staff on rebuilding after the fire.

The Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility cannot accept waste that has not be screened for hazardous materials. Homeowners who do not participate in the free screening program will be required to provide documentation that their fire debris has been screened and is free of hazardous materials before delivering to the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility for disposal. For more information, call Steve Rodowick at 879-2352 or Eric Miller at 879-2351. The free service available to properties damaged by the Wall Fire is an important step in ensuring the safety of residents and initiating the rebuilding process.

Friday, July 14, 2017 /Number of views (2850) /Categories: News and Announcements

County Declares State of Local Emergency

OROVILLE, CA –Butte County Chief Administrative Officer, Paul Hahn has proclaimed a state of local emergency for Butte County due to the Wall Fire. The County executed the proclamation in response to the fire, which has been burning in South-East Oroville since last Friday.


Proclaiming a Local Emergency allows the County to access more resources from the state to better assist fire fighters and local recovery efforts. For now, the County is focused on keeping residents informed, providing shelter for evacuees and their animals, and coordinating donation resources.

Sunday, July 09, 2017 /Number of views (6115) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services and Butte County Probation Celebrate their 3rd Annual Graduation Event

For Immediate Release: May 4, 2017, 10:30am
Contact: Karen Ely (530) 538-7305
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OROVILLE, CA - Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services and Butte County Probation celebrated forty-two (42) graduating foster and probation youth at a ceremony held last night.  Twenty- two (22) of these youth are foster youth, seventeen (17) of these youth are probation youth that obtained their diploma through the Table Mountain School, and three (3) of these youth are former Butte County foster youth, graduating from college. 

On average 24% of foster youth struggle with disabilities while in school, across the United States, only 50% will receive a high school diploma, and only 10% of former foster youth will attend college and, of that 10%, only 3% will graduate.

Butte County has partnered with Butte County Office of Education, Butte College, Youth for Change and Youth & Family Programs in creating a memorable experience for our graduating youth. 

Thursday, May 04, 2017 /Number of views (3773) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Public Works OHV Grant Proposal Available for Review and Comment

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2017, 8:00am
Contact: Dennis Schmidt, (530) 538.7681
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The Butte County Department of Public Works is partnering with the Plumas National Forest Service -Feather River Ranger District and the Butte County Resource Conservation District to apply for a two-phase Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant to develop additional OHV recreational trails in the Granite Basin area.   This area is widely known and valued for its quality OHV recreation opportunities, historical significance, and beauty.

Annual OHV grant funds are administered through the California State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. Preliminary applications for the 2017 projects are available for review and comment beginning March 7th, 2017 at http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/ . Public comments will be used to finalize the proposal application. Final applications are due to the OHMVR Division by May 1st, 2017.

If you have questions about the Butte County Public Works OHV Grant please contact Thad Walker, Butte County Resource Conservation District at thadwalker@buttecountyrcd.com or (530) 534-0112 ext.122 

Additionally, Public Works will be holding a public information meeting to take input and to hear suggestions from trail users and other interested parties.  The meeting date is Thursday, March 30th, 2017, from 6pm to 7pm, at 44 Bellarmine Court, in Chico, CA.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 /Number of views (4877) /Categories: News and Announcements