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.

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Restrictions on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana

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This Ordinance implements a Land Use Law (Civil) in Butte County which focuses on the neighborhood impacts of growing medical marijuana. The Ordinance establishes cultivation area for various parcel sizes, residential requirements, setbacks, fencing, civil fines, and other issues to meet this goal. Some of the highlights of Ordinance 4075 are listed below: 

  • Set cultivation limits based on cultivation area, by lot size:
Lot Size (acres) Cultivation Area
0 - 0.5 Indoor Only** 
greater than 0.5 - less than 5.0 50 square feet 
5.0 - less than 10.0 100 square feet
10.0 plus 150 square feet

** = (detached structure 120 square feet maximum)

  • Permit cultivation indoors or outdoors on lots greater than 0.5 acre;
  • Require minimum recommendations
    • lots >0.5 - less than 5.0 acres in size must have one or more recommendations associated with the plants
    • lots 5.0 - less than10.0 acres in size must have two or more recommendations associated with the plants; and
    • lots 10.0 or more acres in size must have three or more recommendations associated with the plants.
  • Require a single cultivation area, length and width of the cultivation area shall not exceed a ratio of 2:1;
  • Require cultivation and harvesting setbacks from property lines (with exceptions for unusual hardships):
Lot Size (acres)  Setback (feet)
 0 - 0.5 15
greater than 0.5 - less than 5.0 50
5.0 - less than 10.0 75
10.0 plus 150

  • Provide that any person may make a complaint relating to violations (anonymous complaints will be accepted);
  • Require that growers reside in Butte County for one year prior to cultivating;
  • Require growers have a permitted permanent water well or connection to municipal water, not engage in unpermitted drawing of water and not permit illegal discharges of water;
  • Prohibit cultivation:
    • within 1,000 feet of a school, park or similar facility;
    •  within 600 feet of a school bus stop;
    • within 100 feet of an occupied residential structure on an adjacent parcel, with exceptions;
    • in any location where plants are visible from a public right of way; and
    • in certain designated zones.
  • Require growers to obtain landlord's written consent to cultivate;
  • Require fencing unless grown on 5 acres or more and not in public view;
  • Impose civil penalties of $500 per day for the first violation and $1,000 per day for each subsequent violation.

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7 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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