Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

News and Announcements

Butte County to File Lawsuit against DWR for Missteps on California WaterFix

For Immediate Release: August 9, 2017, 8:15 am
Contact: Bruce Alpert, 530.538.7621
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Oroville, CA - The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to file a lawsuit against the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for failing to comply with State water law. DWR did not adequately assess the environmental and socioeconomic impacts from the California WaterFix. The Board took this action to protect Butte County from the damage the WaterFix would have to Butte County’s economy, environment, and communities. 

The DWR certified the required California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental analysis of the California WaterFix on July 21, 2017. CEQA requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. The CEQA certification, Notice of Determination, and decision documents put WaterFix a step closer to construction, which could begin as early as 2018. 

The Butte County Board of Supervisors submitted objections to the draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) in a letter dated September 13, 2016. The Board of Supervisors found the EIR/EIS inadequately described the project and failed to fully assess the potential impacts from WaterFix. Butte County’s list of concerns with the WaterFix were more than legal technicalities and if ignored, the failures would lead to actions that will ultimately damage the region’s economy, environment, and communities.  

The Butte County Board of Supervisors remains opposed to the WaterFix. Butte County’s objections to WaterFix are a response to the state and federal agency’s failure to acknowledge and assess the potential impacts. In 2012, the Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution (12-096) Opposing the WaterFix (previously the BDCP). Unfortunately, the Administration has ignored every suggestion offered by Butte County and was intent to move forward with the California WaterFix and California EcoRestore with little regard to legal requirements or mitigating impacts. 

About the California WaterFix

The California WaterFix is a Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan intended to meet the standards of the federal Endangered Species Act and California’s Natural Community Conservation Planning Act. The WaterFix is intended to protect more than 50 species of fish, wildlife, and plants over 50 years. The WaterFix includes two 45 foot diameter tunnels that create new diversion and conveyance facilities of the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP), which draw water from the Delta. 

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 /Number of views (3077) /Categories: News and Announcements

Board of Supervisors Approves Fee Waivers to Help Wall Fire Victims Clean Up and Rebuild

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2017, 1:00 pm
Contact: Casey Hatcher, (530) 518-3508
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Oroville, CA - The Butte County Board of Supervisors approved fee waivers to assist Wall Fire victims as they clean up burned properties and rebuild homes and other structures. The purpose of the fee waivers is to encourage rebuilding and elimination of hazardous and blighted areas. The community at large will benefit from such assistance by restoring property values, and removing debris, hazardous materials, and blight caused by the fire. The fee waivers and streamlined services will be available for any fires declared local emergencies during the 2017 CAL FIRE-defined fire season.

Residents should visit the Fire Assistance Center to meet one-on-one with County staff and talk through the steps to clean up their properties and begin rebuilding. Staff can help residents understand the available fee waivers and begin recovering from the Wall Fire. The Fire Assistance Center is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and is located at the Department of Development Services building, 7 County Center Drive in Oroville. Walk-in visits are welcome, but residents can also call 530.538.7473 for an appointment. Information is also available online at www.buttecounty.net/fireassistancecenter.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 /Number of views (6203) /Categories: News and Announcements
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Butte County Secures Assistance to Remove Hazardous Materials from Properties Burned by Wall Fire

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2017, 2:30 pm
Contact: Lisa Almaguer, 530.966-1686
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Residents whose homes or structures were damaged or destroyed by the Wall Fire can get assistance to remove hazardous materials at no cost. The assistance is provided by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control and is available at no cost to the County or the residents. Identifying and removing hazardous materials is an important first step for any home or structure damaged by wildfire. This step keeps people safe on the property, protects creeks and streams, ensures materials can be accepted by the landfill, and is required for structures to be rebuilt.

Ash, charred debris, and other contaminated materials from burned structures may be hazardous waste. The Public Health Department warns property owners who wish to conduct ash and debris cleanup themselves that significant health hazards may be present when handling ash, debris, and household hazardous waste. Experience from similar fires in California has shown that asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metal residues, and other hazardous substances may be present in burn ash and debris.

Due to these hazards, the Public Health Department recommends that site cleanup be conducted by appropriately licensed professional contractors. Residents who want to access the free services available for removal of hazardous waste from their property will need to complete a Right of Entry form to allow the work to take place on their property. These forms will be available starting Monday, July 17th at noon at the Fire Assistance Center. Residents can come to the Fire Assistance Center Monday through Friday from noon to 3:00 pm to work one-on-one with County staff on rebuilding after the fire.

The Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility cannot accept waste that has not be screened for hazardous materials. Homeowners who do not participate in the free screening program will be required to provide documentation that their fire debris has been screened and is free of hazardous materials before delivering to the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility for disposal. For more information, call Steve Rodowick at 879-2352 or Eric Miller at 879-2351. The free service available to properties damaged by the Wall Fire is an important step in ensuring the safety of residents and initiating the rebuilding process.

Friday, July 14, 2017 /Number of views (3386) /Categories: News and Announcements

County Declares State of Local Emergency

OROVILLE, CA –Butte County Chief Administrative Officer, Paul Hahn has proclaimed a state of local emergency for Butte County due to the Wall Fire. The County executed the proclamation in response to the fire, which has been burning in South-East Oroville since last Friday.


Proclaiming a Local Emergency allows the County to access more resources from the state to better assist fire fighters and local recovery efforts. For now, the County is focused on keeping residents informed, providing shelter for evacuees and their animals, and coordinating donation resources.

Sunday, July 09, 2017 /Number of views (6720) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services and Butte County Probation Celebrate their 3rd Annual Graduation Event

For Immediate Release: May 4, 2017, 10:30am
Contact: Karen Ely (530) 538-7305
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OROVILLE, CA - Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services and Butte County Probation celebrated forty-two (42) graduating foster and probation youth at a ceremony held last night.  Twenty- two (22) of these youth are foster youth, seventeen (17) of these youth are probation youth that obtained their diploma through the Table Mountain School, and three (3) of these youth are former Butte County foster youth, graduating from college. 

On average 24% of foster youth struggle with disabilities while in school, across the United States, only 50% will receive a high school diploma, and only 10% of former foster youth will attend college and, of that 10%, only 3% will graduate.

Butte County has partnered with Butte County Office of Education, Butte College, Youth for Change and Youth & Family Programs in creating a memorable experience for our graduating youth. 

Thursday, May 04, 2017 /Number of views (4337) /Categories: News and Announcements