Development Services

If you are looking to create jobs, talk with us. We process Building Permits including Plan Review, Inspections and coordination with other agencies to issue Permits. We process Development Applications including environmental review, provide zoning information and support long-range planning through the County’s General Plan. Code Enforcement responds to Building, Land Use, Abandoned Vehicles, Noise, Nuisance Abatement and the County’s Restrictions on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana Ordinance complaints.


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Planning Division

The Planning Division coordinates review of development projects; develops and implements the Butte County General Plan and other advance planning programs; and provides information to assist in the orderly growth and development of the County.

Do you have a planning question?  Call us at 5305523701 or send us an email.

What's New in Planning

October 28, 2019
Effective today a new master fee schedule is in effect. Here is an updated list of Planning Division Application Fees(PDF). Please contact us with any questions.  

July 25, 2019
The August 2019 meeting of the Planning Commission has been rescheduled to August 22, 2019. Follow this link to receive notifications and agendas of upcoming Planning Commission and Zoning Administrator meetings.

July 1, 2019
Butte County's Short-Term Rental Ordinance became effective on April 25, 2019. Short-term rentals require approval of an administrative permit. For more information or to apply for an administrative permit follow this link.

January 10, 2019
The Planning Division is experiencing a higher than usual volume of calls as we assist those affected by the Camp Fire.  Thank you for your patience as we work through this issue.

November 16, 2018
Planning Division staff is proud to assist residents who have been affected by the Camp Fire at the Disaster Recovery Center in Chico and our offices in Oroville.  We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience during this period.

October 12, 2018
On October 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., the Butte County Planning Commission will hold a workshop to review the Draft Agriculture Mitigation Ordinance.  Follow this link for more information.

August 8, 2018

Butte County has been awarded the 2018 Innovation in Green Community Planning Award of Excellence by the American Planning Association California Chapter for the Butte County Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Strategy.   Follow this link to read the news release.

June 18, 2018
The July 26, 2018 scheduled Planning Commission public hearing for the proposed Oroville Base Camp Village project (Minor Use Permit MUP17-0010 has been indefinitely postponed.

June 7, 2018
The next public workshop on the Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance  will be held by the Butte County Planning Commission on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Board of Supervisors’ Room, County Administration Center, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville.  Follow this link for more information on the Draft Ordinance.

May 9, 2018
The Butte County Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Strategy won an Award of Excellence and the Butte Utility-Scale Solar Guide won an Award of Merit from the 2018 American Planning Association Sacramento Valley Section Awards.

March 16, 2018
The Planning Division now maintains a list of Permitted Special Event Facilities to assist the public.

March 15, 2018
Development Services has new phone numbers.  The Planning Division number is 5305523701Follow this link for new staff phone numbers.

General Information

Applications, Forms & Handouts

Zoning Ordinance – lists allowed uses and development standards for properties in each zone in the County.

General Plan – guides overall growth and development and provides a vision for the County.

Climate Action Plan – provides goals, measures and actions to sustain natural resources, grow efficiently, ensure long-term resiliency to a changing environmental and economic climate.The Butte County Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Strategy won an Award of Excellence and the Butte Utility-Scale Solar Guide won an Award of Merit from the 2018 American Planning Association Sacramento Valley Section Awards.

Butte Utility Scale Solar Guide - The Butte Utility-Scale Solar Guide is a a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about utility-scale solar facilities within unincorporated Butte County, including landowners, developers, community members, and decision-makers.

Neighborhood, Community and Specific Plans have been adopted (or are under consideration) for several geographic areas in Butte County to guide growth and development in their respective areas.

Ordinances & Resolutions – administered by the Department of Development Services.

Project Status – Searchable information on applications for development projects.

CEQA Documents – Environmental documents on planning and development projects available for public review and comment.

Planning Commission – Meeting agendas and staff reports.

Zoning Administrator – Meeting agendas and staff reports.

Meetings – of other commissions and committees associated with the Department of Development Services

Notable Projects - links to major advance and current planning projects being undertaken by the Department of Development Services



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    Development Services

    7 County Center Drive
    Oroville, CA 95965

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