Development Services

If you are looking to create jobs, talk with us. We process Building Permits including Plan Review, Inspections and coordination with other agencies to issue Permits. We process Development Applications including environmental review, provide zoning information and support long-range planning through the County’s General Plan. Code Enforcement responds to Building, Land Use, Abandoned Vehicles, Noise, Nuisance Abatement and the County’s Restrictions on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana Ordinance complaints.

Code Enforcement Division

Butte County Code Enforcement is concerned with complaints pertaining to Planning and Building codes and ordinances in the unincorporated areas of Butte County.  Code Enforcement also handles complaints for the Medical and Nonmedical Marijuana Ordinance(s), the Noise Control Ordinance, and the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement (AVA) program, as well as for Nuisance Abatement clean-up and removals as they occur.


Beginning March 17, 2020, Butte County Code Enforcement will be closing until further notice while our officers and support staff shelter in place.  This effort will allow the county to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.  We will continue accepting calls and emails.  Concerns will be addressed on a priority basis. 

What's New in Code Enforcement

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Renters and Homeowners During COVID-19 Pandemic

Published: March 16, 2020

The Executive Order authorizes local governments to halt evictions, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shut offs

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19.

The Executive Order comes as Californians are experiencing substantial loss of hours or wages, or layoffs related to COVID-19, affecting their ability to keep up with their rents, mortgages, and utility bills.

“People shouldn’t lose or be forced out of their home because of the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Newsom. “Over the next few weeks, everyone will have to make sacrifices – but a place to live shouldn’t be one of them. I strongly encourage cities and counties take up this authority to protect Californians.”

The order does not relieve a tenant from the obligation to pay rent, or restrict the landlord’s ability to recover rent that is due. The protections are in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended. The order also requests banks and other financial institutions to halt foreclosures and related evictions during this time period.

The Governor’s Executive Order asks the California Public Utilities Commission to monitor measures undertaken by public and private utility providers to implement customer service protections for critical utilities, including electric, gas, water, internet, landline telephone, and cell phone service on a weekly basis.

The full Executive Order can be found here.



Cannabis Growing Season

2020 Cannabis enforcement is starting the first week of May.  You can submit a complaint via email and/or telephone.  Remember that our lobby is currently closed due to COVID-19 precautions.  Feel free to connect with our office at 530.552.3702 for more information regarding cultivation and compliance.  Ordinance tables are provided below.

Medical Cannabis Ordinance          Non-Medical Cannabis Ordinance

Employment Opportunity Available

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Code Enforcement Officer (Extra Help).  If interested, please connect with Code Enforcement Manager Chris Jellison at 530.552.3640.  Then complete and deliver an Extra Help Application to:

Butte County Development Services

Code Enforcement Division

7 County Center Drive

Oroville, CA 95965


The Butte County Code Enforcement Advisory Board currently has two vacant seats.  If interested, please contact Code Enforcement Manager Chris Jellison at 530.552.3640.


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Special Events Ordinance
Butte County Special Events Ordinance line will be available during the summer from 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm. If you would like to report a violation of the Special Events Ordinance, please call 530.538.6292.

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If you have potential code violations on your property, you don't need to wait for a warning or citation to clean it up.  If you have already received a warning or citation, there are resources to help you bring your property up to code.

CalRecycle and the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility offer free programs that will accept many items such as mattresses, electronic waste, paint and even construction debris.

Northern Recycling and Waste Services offers e-waste programs and can arrange for special pickup of some items.

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Development Services

Phone: 530.552.3700
Fax: 530.538.7785

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Development Services

7 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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Wed - 8am to 3pm
Thur - 8am to 4pm
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