No Spray Agreement

The County of Butte is pleased to offer a "NO SPRAY" Agreement Program that allows property owners to request the exclusion of herbicide applications on road shoulders and drainage ditches adjacent to their properties. This Program accommodates residents' preferences while maintaining public safety and environmental responsibility.

Program Overview

The "NO SPRAY" Agreement Program allows property owners within Butte County's jurisdiction to request that herbicides not be applied to roadside shoulders and drainage ditches adjacent to their properties. Property owners must agree to certain conditions and responsibilities outlined in the "NO SPRAY" Agreement to participate in this Program. Only property owners are eligible for the Program.

How to Apply

  1. Submit a Request: Property owners must submit a formal request to Butte County's Department of Public Works to initiate the process. The request should include your name, contact information, property address, and Assessor's Parcel Number (APN). Property owners may submit requests online through Butte County Connect.

    A free "Butte County Connect" mobile app is available for download on most Apple and Android devices and may be used to submit requests.Android App on Google PlayDownload on the App Store Opens in new windowApplications are also available for download "NO SPRAY" Agreement Form and are available at the Public Works main counter, located at 7 Counter Drive in Oroville. Completed applications can be returned in person or by email at [email protected].

  2. Review and Approval: The County will review the request and, if approved, will approve a "NO SPRAY" Agreement.

Agreement Terms

When participating in the "NO SPRAY" Agreement Program, property owners are required to adhere to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Vegetation Maintenance: Property owners must maintain the vegetation along the roadway adjacent to their property. Maintenance includes keeping the vegetation closely mowed or weeded, ensuring it does not exceed a height of 6 inches. This upkeep is essential for preserving water flow, enabling pedestrian traffic, and establishing a fire safety buffer along the pavement edge.
  2. Inspections: Butte County's Department of Public Works may conduct periodic inspections to ensure compliance with the agreement's terms. If an inspection reveals non-compliance, property owners will be notified and given a one-week notice to rectify the situation.
  3. Termination: The County reserves the right to unilaterally terminate the agreement if it is determined, in the sole discretion of the Public Works Director or their designee, that continuing the agreement would pose a threat to public health or safety.

Signage Installation

Upon acceptance of the "NO SPRAY" Agreement, the County will install appropriate signage at no cost to the property owner. These signs will mark the designated "no spray" areas.

Agreement Duration

The "NO SPRAY" Agreement is valid for three (3) years from acceptance. Property owners may reapply for the Program upon expiration to continue participating.

Get Involved

If you have any other questions regarding the "NO SPRAY" Agreement Program or request more information, please get in touch with Butte County's Department of Public Works at 530-538-7681 or email us at [email protected].

We appreciate your cooperation in helping maintain the beauty, safety, and environmental integrity of Butte County's roadways and drainage ditches while respecting your preferences regarding herbicide application. Your involvement contributes to the overall well-being of our community.