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.

Please call us at 530.552.3699 and we will do our best to assist you in a timely fashion. You can reach us by email at:

North Complex Rebuild Info
<p style="color: #6e6e6e; --darkreader-inline-color:#a39b8e;" data-darkreader-inline-color=">This page provides information from the Department of Development Services on recovery and rebuilding in unincorporated portions of Butte County after the 2020 North Complex Fire Incident. </p> <p style=" color:=" " target="_blank">Butte County Recovers - The North Complex page from Butte County Recovers which provides up to date information on Debris Removal, Resources and Assistance, Animals, Health, and Housing.


General Information

<p style="color: #6e6e6e; --darkreader-inline-color:#a39b8e;" data-darkreader-inline-color="><u> <b>Information from the Department of Development Services </b></u> </p> <p style=" color:=" " 24.pdf?ver="2021-07-20-123345-573" target="_blank">Everything to know about permits - Educational Workshop - Jan. 23, 2023 - 1pm to 3pm - Oroville

Bear Fire Long Term Recovery Feather Falls Outreach - July 24th, 2021 - 11am - 3pm
-Bear Fire Long Term Recovery Resource Roundup - July 31st, 2021 - 9am - 2pm

Process to obtain Permanent and Temporary power from PGE (PDF)

Online Building Permit Document Search Tool - Follow this link to search for and access copies of building permit documents for the unincorporated area of Butte County. 

Handout for Temporary Housing on Properties for the North Complex Fire Boundary (PDF)

<p style="color: #6e6e6e; --darkreader-inline-color:#a39b8e;" data-darkreader-inline-color="> <a href=" http:=" " plg-20_temporary_truck_and_equipment_staging_and_laydown_yard_application_guide.pdf?ver="2019-04-18-085723-940" target="_blank">Application Guide for Temporary Truck and Equipment Staging and Laydown Areas (PDF)

Fire Resilient Homes

Damage Maps

North Complex Fire Disaster Recovery Ordinance

<p style="color: #6e6e6e; --darkreader-inline-color:#a39b8e;" data-darkreader-inline-color=">The North Complex Fire Disaster Recovery Ordinance is codified as Chapter 54 of Butte County Code.  The Ordinance governs debris removal, interim emergency housing, temporary truck storage and laydown yards, and temporary log storage yards in the unincorporated County both inside and outside of the Fire area. </p> <ul> <li><a href=" https:=" " code_of_ordinances?nodeid="CH54NOCOFIRE" target="_blank">Butte County Code Chapter 54 - North Complex Fire Recovery Ordinance current as of February 25, 2021. (PDF)


Follow this link to subscribe to email updates from the Department of Development Services on recovery and rebuilding.

<p style="color: #6e6e6e; --darkreader-inline-color:#a39b8e;" data-darkreader-inline-color="> </p> <p style=" color:=" " target="_blank"> Butte County Recovers
-The official website for Fire response and recovery.

  • Butte County Fire Safe Council
    -The Council mission is to provide safety in Butte County through wildfire hazard education, mitigation, and wildfire recovery.   
  • Berry Creek Fire Safe Council
  • USDA Home Repair Program (Flyer)
    -Providing loan and grant options to rural homeowners in need of financial assistance for home repair.
  • Valley Contractors Exchange
    -A trade association of Contractors, Materials Suppliers, and Industry Professionals.
  • Chico Builders Association
    -We advocate, educate and partner to make building affordable for housing and jobs. Our vision is to make Chico affordable again for families, first time homebuyers, and companies that provide well-paying middle-class careers.
  • United Policyholders
    -A non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and a respected voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.
  • Fee Incentive Program
    Funding Source Applicants Served Total Funds Awarded
    North Valley Community Foundation - 
    (Temp Housing Grant)
    27 $18,658.35

    Re-Build Progress
     North Complex Fire Survivor Re-Build Permit Progress in Unincorporated Butte County

    *Inside Burn Area **Outside Burn Area
       Applied  Issued  Final   Applied  Issued  Final 

    Total permits as of       1/23/2023     104         75     34     0      0


    * Residential permits located on parcels where a residence was destroyed by the North Complex Fire.

    ** Residential permits for fire survivors re-locating either outside the burn area or on parcels within the burn

    area that did not have a qualifying structure destroyed. Qualifying structures are those that are required to participate in a Phase II cleanup program.

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    Development Services

    Phone: 530.552.3700
    Fax: 530.538.7785

    Building - 530.552.3700
    Planning - 530.552.3701
    Code Enforcement - 530.552.3702
    Building Inspection IVR - 530.538.4365

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    Development Services

    7 County Center Drive
    Oroville, CA 95965

    Office Hours
    Mon - 8am to 4pm
    Tues - 8am to 4pm
    Wed - 8am to 3pm
    Thur - 8am to 4pm
    Fri - 8am to 4pm

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