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

Amendments to General Plan Agricultural Element Policy AG-P5.3 and Related Zoning Ordinance AmendmentsThe Board of Supervisors has initiated a proposed amendment to Policy AG-P5.3 (Agricultural Buffer) of the Agriculture Element of the Butte County General Plan and related Zoning Ordinance amendments regarding agricultural uses in non-agricultural zones. These amendments would limit the applicability of the County’s 300-foot agricultural buffer requirement to residential areas that are adjacent to lands zoned Agriculture, whereas the adopted General Plan applies this buffer requirement to residential areas adjacent to any land that is used for agricultural purposes. The proposed amendments would also require a minimum 25 foot setback in residential areas from land that is used for orchards or vineyards. The amendments would 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, whereas the existing Zoning Ordinance only allows these uses in Agriculture, Rural Residential, Foothill Residential, Very Low Density Residential zones and, with an Administrative Permit, within some Mixed Use zones. 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.

Oroville Area Urban Greening Grant - 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) will complete a Master Greening Plan to serve as the master document guiding and coordinating greening projects in the Oroville urban area. The Plan will cross 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.

Rio D'Oro Specific Plan - 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 - 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.

Adopted Special Event Facilities Ordinance - The Board of Supervisors approved this on 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 - 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 -  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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