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.

Public Health Land Use & Wastewater

The Land Use section of Environmental Health looks at wastewater design and installation, well siting and permits, land divisions, use permits, and other related projects that involve septic systems and wells.

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Land Development

Environmental Health works very closely with the other Land Development Departments of the County (Public Works, Planning, Building, Fire) during the review and permitting processes associated with major land divisions such as subdivisions, parcel maps, lot line adjustments, etc. to ensure that the project meets minimum requirements. Additionally, Environmental Health provides reviews and clearances for all applicable building permits.

Gray Water Re-Use

Adoption of the 2013 plumbing code addresses Alternate Water Sources for Nonpotable Applications. A gray water system is designed to collect gray water and transport it out of the structure for distribution in an Irrigation or Disposal Field. A gray water system may include tanks, valves, filters, pumps or other appurtenances along with piping and receiving landscape. Simple laundry to landscape systems do not require a permit, but anything more complex will require Building and Environmental Health review and approval.

Wastewater Program

California Water Code was amended in 2012 to establish a statewide, approach for the regulation and management of On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS), commonly known as septic systems. Environmental Health is the local permitting authority that ensures compliance with all applicable state and local regulatory requirements for the installation and repair of OWTS.

Septic System Maintenance & Care


Medical Marijuana Cultivation Regulations

Butte County began enforcement of Ordinance 4075 (Measure A), which amended the County's Restriction on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana Ordinance (Chapter 34A) on January 8, 2015. The oversight of this Ordinance is the responsibility of the Butte County Department of Development Services, Code Enforcement Division.

Forms  E-TRAKIT  Food Inspection Reports

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Butte County Environmental Health
Phone: 530.538.7281
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
Mark A. Lundberg, M.D., M.P.H., Health Officer
Public Health Leadership Team