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.

Notable Projects

This page provides links to major advance and current planning projects being undertaken by the Department of Development Services:

Active Projects

Butte Creek Canyon Overlay Zone -  The Butte Creek Canyon Overlay will apply a new overlay designation to the General Plan’s Land Use Map and a new overlay zone to the Zoning Map. New text is being added to both the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance that will identify the overlay, explain its purpose and implement a new ordinance in the Zoning Ordinance. The Overlay was developed under direction of General Plan Conservation and Open Space Element Action Item COS-A6.2. If you have any questions, please contact Principal Planner Dan Breedon via email or by phone at 530.538.7629.

PowerButte: A Place for Clean Energy - PowerButte is the face of Butte County’s commitment to encourage renewable energy and to support its General Plan and Climate Action Plan. Here, you will find information about Butte County’s plans to develop a Solar Overlay Zone. PowerButte is your online source of information on innovative programs that are helping to make Butte County a Place for Clean Energy. This effort will serve as a vehicle to engage, educate, and learn from the public about the context for, and trade-offs with, the promotion of solar energy in Butte County. If you have any questions, please contact Principal Planner Dan Breedon via email or by phone at 530.538.7629.

East Oroville Unincorporated Area RezoningButte County is proposing to rezone and amend the General Plan designation for approximately 294 parcels located in the unincorporated north Oroville area, west of Kelly Ridge.  These parcels are proposed to have a change in zoning from LDR (Low Density Residential) to VLDR (Very Low Density Residential). Smaller parcels in this area that are less than 1-acre in size will continue to be zoned and designated LDR.  If you have any questions, please contact Principal Planner Dan Breedon via email or by phone at (530) 538-7629.

Durham Villas Planned Development - applications for a Rezone to Planned Development and a Tentative Subdivision Map were submitted to to the Butte County Department of Development Services on January 7, 2010.  A Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (NOP) was available for public review and comment until May 23, 2014.  The Draft Environmental Impact Report is expected to be released for public review and comment in Winter, 2015.  If you have any questions, please contact Chuck Thistlethwaite via email or phone at 530.538.6572.

Recently Completed Projects

Adopted Amendments to General Plan Agricultural Element Policy AG-P5.3 and Related Zoning Ordinance Amendments (January 12, 2016) - The Board of Supervisors adopted amendments to Butte County General Plan 2030 and related amendments to the Zoning Ordinance regarding agricultural uses in non-agricultural zones. These amendments continue to apply the County’s 300-foot agricultural buffer requirement to all lands zoned Agriculture and other zones within 300 feet of the boundary of Agriculture zones.  The amendments would require a minimum 25 foot setback in residential zones from lands that are used for orchards or vineyards. The amendments also allow animal grazing and crop cultivation as an interim use on parcels at least 1-acre in size in all residential, commercial, and industrial zones.  If you have any questions, please contact Principal Planner Dan Breedon via email or by phone at (530) 538-7629.

Oroville Area Urban Greening Grant (December 8, 2015) - In collaboration with the City of Oroville (City) and the Feather River Recreation and Park District (FRRPD), and in coordination with other local agencies, Butte County (County) has completed a Master Greening Plan to serve as the master document guiding and coordinating greening projects in the Oroville urban area. The Plan crosses City, County and FRRPD jurisdictional boundaries, and will be consistent with the state’s strategic growth goals of increasing forest canopy, reducing stormwater runoff, improving air and water quality, conserving energy, providing open space, and achieving long-term community sustainability.  If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Stuart via email or via phone at 530.538.7604.

Rio D'Oro Specific Plan (May 19, 2015) - The Rio D'Oro Specific Plan was approved by the Butte County Board of Supervisors on May 19, 2015.  The Specific Plan area is 689 acres with 276 acres to remain in open space.  Proposed land uses include residential, commercial, public facility, park and open space.  Up to 2,700 residential units are proposed ranging from low density single-family to high density multi-family.  The project is located south of Oroville, west of Palermo with Palermo Road to the south and Ophir Road to the north, bisected by State Route 70 bounded on the west by Pacific Heights Road.   If you have any questions, please contact Pete Calarco via email or via phone at 530.538.2167.

Hydraulic Fracturing in Butte County (April 21, 2015) - On April 21, 2015, the Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance to prohibit the storage or disposal of hydraulic fracturing byproducts in Butte County.  Previously, the Board of Supervisors considered, but declined to adopt. a ban on well stimulation treatments known as "fracking."  If you have any questions, contact Stacey Jolliffe via email or phone at 530.538.6573.

Special Event Facilities Ordinance (March 24, 2015) - The Special Event Facilities Ordinance amends the Butte County Zoning Ordinance to establish a permit process, standards and requirements for special event facilities in unincorporated portions of Butte County.  If you have any questions, contact Dan Breedon via email or phone at 530.538.7629.

Amendments to the General Plan Agriculture Element, Zoning Ordinance and Protection of Agricultural Land (January 27, 2015) - On January 27, 2015, the Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted amendments to the Agriculture Element of the Butte County General Plan, the Butte County Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 24 of Butte County Code) and the Butte County "Right to Farm Ordinance" (Chapter 35 of Butte County Code  - Protection of Agricultural Land).  If you have any questions, contact Dan Breedon via email or phone at 530.538.7629.

Whisper Ridge Golf Course (April 23, 2013) -  was approved by the Butte County Board of Supervisors on April 23, 2013. This approval includes a Rezone to Recreation Commercial Overlay, with a Conditional Zoning Agreement; a Conditional Use Permit for the golf course, hotel and wellness center; and two Lot Line Adjustment applications. Prior to its decision on the project, the Board of Supervisors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report consistent with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.


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Oroville, CA 95965

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 What's New

October 25, 2017
Fire Assistance Center Information

September 1, 2017
New Master Fee Schedule - effective 9/1/2017

August 3, 2017
Butte Utility Scale Solar Guide - To be reviewed by the Planning Commission
August 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville

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