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.


How County Code 34A is Enforced

View the County Code 34A - Enforcement Flow Chart

The Butte County Department of Development Services, Code Enforcement Division is responsible for the enforcement of this Ordinance. Our goal is always to achieve voluntary compliance. However, if that is not possible, the Ordinance clearly outlines the enforcement process.

Step 1

Upon receiving a complaint, Code Enforcement (CE) staff will verify that the complaint is valid. 

Step 2

After a file review, CE will perform a site visit of the property, either from public view or via owner granted access. Upon inspection of the garden area, staff will determine if there is a violation.

Step 3

If there is no violation, the case will be closed. The complainant will be notified. If there is a violation, the grower will be given a 72 hour compliance notice. 

Step 4 (a)

If you are in violation, approximately 72 hours later, CE will return and verify compliance with the 72-hr notice. If compliance is achieved, the case will be closed and the complainant will be notified. If compliance is not achieved, an Administration Citation will be issued per Section 34A-16. Fines are as follows: 

  • First Violation: $500 per day 
  • Second Violation: $1000 per day

Step 4 (b)

If you are in violation, in lieu of or in addition to Administrative Citations/Fines, CE may also commence the Nuisance Abatement process per Section 34A-12&13. This section specifies the time frame and process for abating a violation. It is important for growers to understand that if CE uses this process and the Hearing Officer agrees that the violation(s) was/were present, the property owner will be responsible for ALL costs incurred by the County to obtain compliance.

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Development Services

Phone: 530.538.7601
Fax: 530.538.7785

Building - 530.538.6861
Planning - 530.538.5359

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Development Services

7 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Mon - 8am to 4pm
Tues - 8am to 4pm
Wed - 8am to 3pm
Thur - 8am to 4pm
Fri - 8am to 4pm

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