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.

Planning Division

The Planning Division coordinates review of development projects; develops and implements the Butte County General Plan and other advance planning programs; and provides information to assist in the orderly growth and development of the County.

General Information

Applications, Forms & Handouts

Zoning Ordinance – lists allowed uses and development standards for properties in each zone in the County.

General Plan – guides overall growth and development and provides a vision for the County.

Climate Action Plan – provides goals, measures and actions to sustain natural resources, grow efficiently, ensure long-term resiliency to a changing environmental and economic climate.

Neighborhood, Community and Specific Plans have been adopted (or are under consideration) for several geographic areas in Butte County to guide growth and development in their respective areas.

Ordinances & Resolutions – administered by the Department of Development Services.

Project Status – Searchable information on applications for development projects.

CEQA Documents – Environmental documents on planning and development projects available for public review and comment.

Planning Commission – Meeting agendas and staff reports.

Zoning Administrator – Meeting agendas and staff reports.

Meetings – of other commissions and committees associated with the Department of Development Services

What's New in Planning

June 17, 2015
Draft Supplemental EIR for Amendments to General Plan Agricultural Element Policy AG-P5.3 and Related Zoning Ordinance Amendments Available

June 8, 2015
Community Meeting on East Oroville Unincorporated Area Rezoning Scheduled for June 22, 2015.

June 1, 2015
Power Butte Solar Overlay Zone Public Workshops Scheduled June 10-11, 2015

April 23, 2015
Planning Commission to Consider Rio d'Oro Specific Plan

April 21, 2015 - Board of Supervisors Meeting
Ordinance to Prohibit Disposal of Well Stimulation ByProducts

March 27, 2015 
Notice of Preparation of Supplemental EIR for General Plan and Zoning Ordinance Amendments related to AG Policy 5.3

February 10, 2015
Draft Ordinance to Prohibit Fracking

October 29, 2014
Special Event Facilities Ordinance Draft EIR Released

October 06, 2014
Rio d’Oro Specific Plan Draft EIR Released

October 6, 2014
Permit Center - Extended Hours!

Notable Projects



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    Development Services

    Phone: 530.538.7601
    Fax: 530.538.7785

    Building - 530.538.7601 
    Planning - 530.538.5359

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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

    Excludes Holidays

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