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.

Short-Term Rentals Ordinance

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.

May 10, 2018 Planning Commission Public Workshop.  The Butte County Planning Commission held a Public Workshop on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 9:00 am, in the Butte County Board of Supervisors’ Room, County Administration Center, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville to discuss and provide guidance on the Draft Butte County Short-Term Rental Ordinance.  The Planning Commission continued the Public Workshop to June 7, 2018 at 9:00 am.  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:

May 10, 2018 Planning Commission Staff Report 

May 10, 2018 Planning Commission PowerPoint Presentation

April 26, 2018 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


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October 25, 2017
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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
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