Effective March 28, 2013, an Ordinance governing the cultivation of medical marijuana became effective in Butte County. The oversight of this Ordinance is the responsibility of the Butte County Department of Development Services, Code Enforcement Division. View Additional Details on State and Local Laws and Regulations.
This Ordinance implements a Land Use Law (Civil) in Butte County which focuses on the neighborhood impacts of growing medical marijuana. The goal of this Ordinance is that people will be 'good neighbors'. Toward this end, this Ordinance establishes plant counts for various parcel sizes, setbacks, fencing and other issues to meet this goal. This Ordinance does not address odor violations except for indoor grows.....rather it will strictly address the Land Use Violations per County Code 34A.
County Code 34A Documents
View County Code 34A
View Sections of County Code 34A
View County Code 34A Table Summary (Form # DCE-1)
View Examples of Good Fences & Bad Fences
View Enforcement Flow Chart (Form # DCE-3)
How the Ordinance was Developed
The County Administrator coordinated a committee with representatives of qualified patients/growers, property owners and County staff to create a "Compromise Ordinance" that would attempt to balance the interests of all parties. After a dozen meetings, this Ordinance was presented to the Board of Supervisors. They adopted the Ordinance with the requirement that County staff monitor issues with implementation and report back towards the end of 2013 and recommend any changes.
Learn more about County Code 34A
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