The purpose of zoning is to specify allowed uses on parcels, development standards and to implement the policies of the General Plan. Various land uses are grouped into general categories or "zones" such as agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, etc. Each piece of property in the County is assigned a zone, or combination of “base” and “overlay” zones, listing the kinds of uses that will be allowed on that land and setting standards such as minimum lot size, maximum building height, and minimum front yard depth.
Butte County Zoning Ordinance (PDF 4.42MB) – This link provides the County’s Zoning Ordinance in one document (see below to download separate chapters).
Zoning Code Amendments – History
Butte County Zoning Map – This link provides a single PDF showing the zoning designations of all lands in the unincorporated portion of Butte County. Explanations of the purpose of each zoning designation, allowed uses and development standards can be found in the Zoning Ordinance itself. Note: To access parcel specific information within a zone, please refer to the County’s Parcel Lookup Tool.
Overlay Zones – These links (below) provide access to PDF maps showing overlay zones in the unincorporated portion of Butte County. Overlay zones establish standards and regulations that apply to specified areas, in addition to the requirements established by the underlying “base” zone. Explanations of the purpose of each zoning designation, allowed uses and development standards can be found in the Zoning Ordinance itself. Please review the maps below for locations of the overlay
Need Help? The Permit Center Planner at the Development Services Department can identify zones and answer questions on the Zoning Ordinance:
- Permit Center Planner: 530.538.5359, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Email at: DSPlanning@buttecounty.net.
- Also available by appointment.
If you have further questions, please contact Principal Planner Dan Breedon at 530-538-7629, email@example.com, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, also available by appointment.
Go to Butte County General Plan Page.