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.

Butte County Zoning Ordinance (Ch. 24 of County Code)

Butte County Zoning Ordinance – This link provides the County’s Zoning Ordinance, in one PDF document (5.77 mb - see below to download separate chapters). The purpose of zoning is to specify allowed uses on parcels, development standards and 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.

The current Zoning Ordinance was adopted on November 6, 2012 (Ordinance No 4050) and amended on September 10, 2013 (Ordinance No. 4062). Here is the structure and links to the separate parts of the Butte County Zoning Ordinance (Title 24 of Butte County Code):

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. Note: To access parcel specific information within the overlay zones, please refer to the County’s Parcel Lookup Tool.

Need Help? The Planner of the Day at the Development Services Department can identify zones and answer questions on the Zoning Ordinance:

  • Planner of the Day:  530.538.5359, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Email at: DSPlanning@buttecounty.net.  
  • Also available by appointment.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Planner Dan Breedon at 530-538-7629, dbreedon@buttecounty.net, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, also available by appointment.

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Development Services

7 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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