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To learn about the permitted Land Uses in the Residential Zones, please read our Butte County Code. A planner may assist you with any specific questions you may have concerning allowed land uses.
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Your ability to subdivide your property depends on your zoning and parcel size. Please contact a planner for individual property information.
The County does not require a business license. This does not negate or exempt the requirements for any licenses required by the State, by professional boards, or as may be required to do business in an incorporated city. Please read more about business licenses and permits.
Please visit our Parcel Look-Up Tool to determine which jurisdiction your parcel is located in. At the bottom of the page, type in the property's Assessor's Parcel Number (APN). This will take you to the parcel in question and will load a text box that will give you information about the parcel, including the zoning. If the zoning lists a city or a town, the parcel is not in the county. City areas are referred to as "incorporated", while areas not under city jurisdiction are referred to as being located in the "unincorporated" area of Butte County. Butte County and each incorporated city maintain their own zoning ordinance, land use regulations, and general plan.
To find the zoning of a specific property, go to our Parcel Look-Up Tool, and at the bottom of the page, type in the property's APN. This will take you to the parcel in question and will load a text box that will give you information about the parcel such as Zoning, Acreage, and Site Address. A planner can assist you with any specific questions you may have about zoning.
Businesses run out of a home are considered home occupations. There are four types of home occupations. Please refer to the Butte County Code.
Please email the Building Division.
To learn about the height limits of Walls and Fences in different locations of your parcel and in various zones, please read our Butte County Code. Please contact a planner for specific questions.
Note: Private easements are a civil matter between private property owners. The County does not regulate the creation of easements between private parties.
For private easements, consult with a professional land surveyor and the parcel owner(s) to come to a private agreement. After coming to an agreement, a surveyor can write a legal description of the easement and record the easement at the Clerk-Recorder's Office.
Multi-zoned means that you have multiple zones on your property. You may look up the zones on our Parcel Look-Up Tool. Refer to the zoning legend for the different colors. Contact a planner if you need additional help understanding the different zoning that may be applicable.
A Conditional Use Permit or Minor Use Permit is a discretionary action that enables the County to ensure that a proposed use is consistent with all General Plan goals and policies and will not create negative impacts on adjacent properties or the general public. Uses that are conditionally allowed are indicated for each zone under the Zoning Ordinance.
Zoning describes any of the agriculture, natural resource, residential, commercial and mixed-use, industrial, special purpose, and overlay zones established by Article II (Zoning Districts, Land Uses, and Development Standards) within which certain land uses are allowed, conditionally allowed, or prohibited. Zoning may also apply development standards to certain uses.
Unless the inquiry is regarding setbacks to property lines, inquiries regarding wastewater and domestic water supply, such as as-built septic systems, should be emailed to the Department of Environmental Health, Environmental Health Division.