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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.

Short-Term Rentals Ordinance

Notice Concerning the provision of temporary housing during the Camp Fire disaster: Permits for providing no cost temporary housing to individuals who have been displaced by the Camp Fire or for emergency responders and relief workers involved in the Camp Fire are not required. Such temporary emergency housing is not regulated under the proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance. Online hospitality services such as Airbnb may be utilized for the purposes of providing such temporary emergency housing during the Camp Fire.

The Board of Supervisors will consider approval of the proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance on December 11, 2018 at 9:00 am, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville.  The public is welcome to attend and provide input at this hearing.  Look for updates concerning this hearing on this webpage.

The Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance was directed for preparation by the Board of Supervisors on February 13, 2018The online hospitality marketplace, enabled through Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and similar companies, has grown in popularity throughout California and the United States.  Short-term rentals provide a way for homeowners to generate additional income, but they can also introduce a new use that can have negative impacts on residential neighborhoods and the health and safety of occupants and owners. The County Zoning Ordinance does not currently allow the use of residences for short-term rentals. The Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance provided in the below link was in response to Board of Supervisors direction to develop an ordinance to regulate Short-Term Rentals in the unincorporated portion of Butte County.  As this review process continues, additional links will be added below to provide more information on the Draft Ordinance, future meetings and hearings.

On September 27, 2018 the Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance to the Board of Supervisors.  The Board of Supervisors considered approval of the Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance at a public hearing on October 23, 2018.  The Board continued the public hearing on the Short-Term Rental Ordinance until December 11, 2018.

Final Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance

A short-term rental is defined under the Draft Ordinance as a single-family dwelling, or a portion of a single-family dwelling, that is rented to transient guest occupants for periods of 30 days or less.  Short-term rentals are typically marketed through an online hospitality service such as VRBO, Airbnb, and other similar services.  Short-term rentals are currently not permitted under the Butte County Zoning Ordinance.  The Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance proposes an Administrative Permit process with performance criteria for the approval of short-term rentals.  The purpose of the Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance is to ensure that:

1)     Short-term rentals are compatible with and do not adversely impact surrounding residential uses,

2)     Property owners have the option to utilize their properties for short term rental use,

3)     Risks to public safety and health to occupants and owners are minimized,

4)     Property values are maintained,

5)     Visitation and tourism to Butte County is supported, and,

6)     Transient occupancy tax is collected in order to provide fair and equitable tax collection for all lodging providers

The Butte County Planning Commission held two Public Workshops on May 10, 2018 and August 9, 2018, and a public hearing on September 27, 2018. Further details concerning the two workshops and public hearing are provided below, including staff reports, draft ordinances, and meeting summaries.  For further information, or to provide written comments or emails, please contact Principal Planner Dan Breedon, Butte County Department of Development Services, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965, or by phone at (530) 552-3682, or by email at: 

September 27, 2018 Planning Commission Public Hearing 

September 27, 2018 Planning Commission Staff Report

Final Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance - Edits Shown

August 9, 2018 Planning Commission Public Workshop:

August 9, 2018 Planning Commission Staff Report 

Final Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance 

August 9, 2018 Planning Commission Public Workshop Meeting Summary (new)

May 10, 2018 Planning Commission Public Workshop:

May 10, 2018 Planning Commission Staff Report 

April 26, 2018 Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance 

May 10, 2018 Planning Commission PowerPoint Presentation

May 10, 2018 Planning Commission Summary Notes




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