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.

FAQs About Restriction on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana

Q. Can I grow medical marijuana on a vacant lot?

No. Cultivation will be permitted on parcels that have a legal, permanent residence and have met the requirements of Section 34A-6 (residency requirements) and 34A-7 (Environmental Health requirements).

Where contiguous legal parcels are under common control or ownership, cultivation will only be permitted on parcels that have a legal residence and have met the requirements of Section 34A-6 (residency requirements) and 34A-7 (Environmental Health requirements). 

Q. Set back in re: accessibly challenged (topography) parcels

The Director of Development Services may reduce or waive the setback requirement based on an irregular lot shape. (34A-8) 

Q. My doctor’s order is greater than ordinance allows 

This ordinance regulates the place and manner in which medical marijuana can be grown in unincorporated Butte County. A doctor’s order does not make a patient/caretaker exempt from the guidelines of the ordinance. 

Q. Is a greenhouse considered an indoor grow? 

A greenhouse must be fully enclosed to be considered an indoor grow and requires a permit if over 120 square feet in size. 

Q. Will you inspect every garden? 

No. Code enforcement will respond to complaints only. 

Q. Are you complaint driven only? 


Q. Will I be fined if found in violation? 

Yes. $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each offense thereafter. 

Q. What is the enforcement procedure? 

View Code Enforcement Flow Chart

Q. Can more than one grower be on a parcel?

Yes. More than one qualified patient and/or primary caregiver can be part of a grow as long as the number of plants does not exceed that allowed for the parcel size 

Q. Can I install an RV to establish my residence with a Camping Permit? 

No, Butte County Code clearly states that the residence type is Permanent. 

Q. Is my information confidential? 

Under the County's ordinance, information regarding a person making a complaint will be kept confidential and only disclosed to the hearing officer if the matter proceeds to a hearing authorized under the ordinance. All other information for the compliance program will be subject to the rules and requirements of the California Public Records Act (California Government Code Section 6250 et seq.) 

While the County will abide by the confidentiality provisions of the Marijuana Ordinance, the County cannot guarantee that information will remain confidential if disclosure is compelled in any subsequent or associated legal action, pursuant to a valid applicable State or Federal law, or pursuant to a valid court order. 

Q. How many plants can I grow on my property? 

View Marijuana Guidelines Table.

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Development Services

Phone: 530.538.7601
Fax: 530.538.7785

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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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