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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.

Adopted Special Event Facilities Ordinance

The Butte County Board of Supervisors Certified the Final Environmental Impact Report and adopted the Special Events Facilities Ordinance on March 24, 2015.  The Ordinance became effective 30 days after its adoption, on April 24, 2015.

Below is information regarding the development of the Special Event Facilities Ordinance:

Draft Special Event Facilities Ordinance

The Draft Special Events Ordinance sets forth a permit process and various standards and requirements for special event facilities.  A special event is defined as a celebration, ceremony, wedding, reception, corporate function, or similar activity for the benefit of someone other than the property owner that takes place on a periodic basis, involving the gathering of individuals assembled for the common purpose of attending a special event.  A special event facility is a facility where special events are permitted to occur subject to a use agreement between a private group or individual and the facility owner, and subject to a minor use permit approved in compliance with the Special Events Facilities Ordinance.  This is a County-initiated project that is applicable to all of the unincorporated area of Butte County. The Draft Special Event Facilities Ordinance may be viewed and downloaded from the following link:

Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) Available for Public Review

A Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) was prepared for the Department of Development Services in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with the Draft Special Events Facilities Ordinance.  In compliance with CEQA, the DSEIR describes the potential environmental impacts of the Special Events Facilities Ordinance as compared to those of the adopted Butte County General Plan 2030 and Zoning Ordinance, as evaluated in the 2010 General Plan 2030 EIR and 2012 Supplemental EIR.  As a Program EIR, this Draft Supplemental EIR is not project-specific, it does not evaluate the impacts of specific projects that may be proposed under the Draft Special Events Facilities Ordinance. Such project proposals will require separate environmental review pursuant to CEQA to secure the necessary discretionary development permits.   

The DSEIR may be viewed and downloaded from the following link:

The County is soliciting comments on the adequacy and completeness of the analysis described in the DSEIR.  A 45-day public review period for the DSEIR began on Monday, October 27, 2014 and will continue through Thursday, December 11, 2014. You may comment by providing written comments prior to the close of the review period.  Please provide comments to Dan Breedon, Principal Planner, at 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965, or dbreedon@buttecounty.net prior to the close of public comment on December 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm. Please limit comments to the specific environmental issues evaluated in the DSEIR. If you have questions, please call (530) 538-7629.

November 13, 2014 Planning Commission Public Hearing on DSEIR and Next Steps

A public hearing to receive comments on the DSEIR was held by the Butte County Planning Commission on Thursday, November 13, 2014.  The next public hearing will be before the Planning Commission to consider a recommendation to the  Board of Supervisors regarding the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report, including responses to comments received on the DSEIR, and the Draft Special Events Facilities Ordinance.  

January 22, 2015 Planning Commission Public Hearing on Final Supplemental
Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) and Draft Ordinance

A public hearing to consider recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the adoption of the FSEIR, including responses to comments received on the DSEIR, and the Draft Special Events Facilities Ordinance will be held by the Butte County Planning Commission on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 7 County Center Drive in Oroville, California.  The recommendation of the Planning Commission will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.

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