Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. This is achieved by providing a wide range of services in more than 50 programs including: women and children’s health, communicable and infectious diseases, planning for and responding to disasters, healthy and safe animals, and protecting natural resources while improving the environment.

Private Water Wells: Residential & Agricultural

A modern water well is an engineered and constructed method of delivering groundwater for drinking, irrigation, and other purposes. In California, permitting authority over well drilling activities rests with the local well permitting agency. In Butte County, the permitting agency is Environmental Health, and all wells must be drilled and constructed under permit. Environmental Health permits both domestic and agricultural wells. California Water Code requires that any construction, alteration or destruction work done on a well shall be performed by a licensed C-57 Water Well Contractor.

Water Well Ordinance

Water Well Manual

Applications and Supporting Documents

Well Permit Application
Well Application Packet
Site Plan Example
Job Site Locator
Disinfection Statement
Agent Authorization Form

Exploratory Well Information & Disclaimer

Importance of Parcel Review
Exploratory Well FAQs
Exploratory Well Disclaimer/Acknowledgement Form

Additional Documents for Agricultural Wells

Adjacent Property Owner Notification Form
Ag Well Permit Acknowledgement Form

Well Permits in Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concern Areas

VOC Fact Sheet
VOC Area Map
VOC Area Well Permit Disclosure Form

Forms  E-TRAKIT  Food Inspection Reports

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Butte County Environmental Health
Phone: 530.538.7281
TTY: 530.538.6588
Fax: 530.538.5339

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Butte County Environmental Health
202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Except Holidays

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Public Health Department

202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Report a Health Emergency
24-Hour Line: 530.538.7581

Cathy A. Ravesky, Director
Andy Miller, M.D., Health Officer
Public Health Leadership Team

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