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 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 (2486) /Categories: News and Announcements

County’s Chief Administrative Officer Announces Retirement

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2017, 9:00 am
Contact: Casey Hatcher, (530) 518-3508
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Paul Hahn, CAOOroville, CA – Butte County’s Chief Administrative Officer, Paul Hahn, announced he will retire from Butte County at the end of October 2017 after seven years of service to the County. Hahn has served in county government for 29 years; spending the majority of his career in Sacramento. 

Hahn joined Butte County in 2010 and navigated the County out of the economic downturn that caused drastic declines in County revenue and reshaped the organization. Mr. Hahn’s leadership helped the County face numerous challenges head on and make responsible fiscal decisions to create a stable future for the County. 

Board of Supervisors Chairman, Bill Connelly stated about Hahn, “He has steered the County through some difficult times and kept us afloat. Whoever follows him will have some big shoes to fill. He has been a steady influence and he will be missed. We wish him well in his retirement.” 

“I am extremely grateful to the Board of Supervisors, staff, department heads and community members that I have been able to serve with side-by-side," says Hahn, “I am very proud of what the county team has accomplished over the last seven years. While I know that there are still many challenges that lie ahead, l see the future for the County as bright.” 

Hahn will continue in his role through October until a replacement is named.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 /Number of views (3528) /Categories: News and Announcements

Centerville & Nimshew Roads Fire Fuels Reduction Project

For Immediate Release: April 20, 2017, 1:45 pm
Contact: Dennis Schmidt, (530) 538.7681, or
CAL FIRE Butte Unit Office: (530) 538-7111
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On February 14, 2017, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFIRE) awarded a grant to County of Butte to reduce fire fuels and create shaded fuel breaks in Butte Creek Canyon along 16 miles of Butte County publicly maintained roadways through December 31, 2017. Total project cost is $85,184, which includes State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Fee funding from Cal FIRE in the amount of $55,370. A public meeting is planned for Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 6:30pm at the Centerville-Coleman Museum, located at 13548 Centerville Rd, Chico, CA. At this meeting, residents of the area will be able to learn more about the process, timing, and methods planned for this important fuel reduction project. 

Areas that are planned for fuel reduction work are as follows:

  • Humbug Rd between Skyway and Nimshew Rd, 2 miles (4 acres)
  • Nimshew Rd south from Skyway for 4 miles (8 acres)
  • Helltown Rd north from Centerville Rd for 1 mile (2 acres)
  • Centerville Rd north from Honey Run Rd for 9 miles (18 acres)
Thursday, April 20, 2017 /Number of views (3050) /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 (3527) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Office of Emergency Management Encourages Residents to Report Losses

For Immediate Release: March 1, 2017, 2:00 pm
Contact: Casey Hatcher, (530) 518.3508
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Oroville, CA - The Butte County Office of Emergency Management encourage Butte County residents and business owner to report damage to homes or businesses that was sustained in the recent storms. Individual assistance, in the form of disaster loans, may become available to residents or businesses in Butte County who sustained damage to home or businesses that are not insured by another source, such as homeowners or business insurance.

Please contact the Office of Emergency Management at (530) 538-7373 to report uninsured damages. Individual assistance programs may become available within Butte County if the reported damages meet specific Federal thresholds set by FEMA. 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 /Number of views (3821) /Categories: News and Announcements