Our staff is committed to the fair and equitable assessment of all property in Butte County. We strive to provide prompt, personal, and professional attention to all whom we serve. 
Our mission is to create equitable, timely and accurate property tax assessments to fund public services. We strive to be a source of accurate and timely property information for local government and the community.



Certain properties, or portions thereof, are exempt from taxation under the California Constitution. View the California State Board of Equalization video presentation on property tax exemptions. Also see a full list of Exclusions.

Homeowner's Exemption

If you own a home and occupy it as your principal place of residence on January 1, you may apply for a Homeowners' Exemption. This exemption will reduce your annual tax bill by about $70. The exemption amount is printed in the upper right hand corner of the annual tax bill. 

If you build or acquire a home, and there was no exemption on the annual tax roll, you may apply for a Homeowner's Exemption on the supplemental tax roll. In order to qualify, you must occupy the home within 90 days of the completion of new construction or the change in ownership. You should also apply for this exemption within 30 days of receiving a Notice of Supplemental Assessment. 

You must immediately notify the Assessor's Office if a property becomes ineligible for a Homeowner's Exemption after it has been granted an exemption. You can terminate your exemption using the Homeowner’s Exemption Termination Letter. Homeowner's Exemptions are not automatically transferred between properties. If you move, you must file an application for a new exemption.


Veterans Exemption

Exemptions for Disabled Veterans', the Spouses of Disabled Veterans, or for the Surviving Spouses of Veterans Who Died on Active Duty as a Result of Service-Connected Injury or Disease.

  • You may apply for the Disabled Veteran's Exemption if you are a totally disabled veteran (service related 100% or 100% unemployable), or are blind in both eyes or have lost the use of more than one limb as a result of injury or disease during military service.
  • You may also apply if you are the unmarried surviving spouse of a qualifying Disabled Veteran who during the veteran’s lifetime was either receiving the exemption or would have qualified for the exemption had the veteran applied for it.
  • You may also apply if you are the unmarried surviving spouse of a qualifying veteran who died on active duty as the result of a service-connected disease or injury. A comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to Disabled Veterans’ Exemptions and Veterans’ Exemptions is available at the California State Board of Equalization


Institutional Exemption

Real and personal property used exclusively by a church, college, cemetery, free museum, public school, or free public library may qualify for an exemption from property taxation. Properties owned and used exclusively by a nonprofit religious, charitable, scientific, or hospital corporation may also be eligible. An application must be filed with the Assessor's Office.  For more information regarding Institutional Exemptions please read Publication 149, Property Tax Welfare Exemptions.



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 Contact Assessor

Butte County Assessor
Phone: 530.552.3800
Fax: 530.538.7991

 Location and Hours

25 County Center Drive,
Suite 100
Oroville, CA 95965

Normal Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm
Holidays Excluded

Chico Branch
196 Memorial Way
Chico, CA 95926

Paradise Branch
747 Elliot Road
Paradise, CA 95969

Branch Office Hours: By Appointment Only

 Dates & Deadlines

January 1st - Lien Date.
February 15th - Deadline to file exemption claims. 
April 1st - Due date for business and agricultural property statements.
April 10th - Last Day to pay second installment of secured property taxes.
July 2nd - November 30th - Period for filing application for assessment appeal.
August 31st - Last Day to pay unsecured taxes.
December 10th - Last day to pay first installment of secured property taxes. 

All deadlines (appeals, exemptions, bill due dates) that fall on a weekend extend to the next workday.

View full description of dates and deadlines.