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.

Butte County Zoning Ordinance (Ch. 24 of County Code)

The purpose of zoning is to specify allowed uses on parcels, development standards and to implement the policies of the General Plan. Various land uses are grouped into general categories or "zones" such as agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, etc. Each piece of property in the County is assigned a zone, or combination of “base” and “overlay” zones, listing the kinds of uses that will be allowed on that land and setting standards such as minimum lot size, maximum building height, and minimum front yard depth.


Butte County Zoning Ordinance – This link provides the County’s Zoning Ordinance. 


Butte County Zoning Map – To access parcel specific information within a zone, please refer to the County’s Parcel Lookup Tool.  Explanations of the purpose of each zoning designation, allowed uses and development standards can be found in the Zoning Ordinance itself.

Overlay Zones – These links (below) provide access to PDF maps showing overlay zones in the unincorporated portion of Butte County. Overlay zones establish standards and regulations that apply to specified areas in addition to the requirements established by the underlying “base” zone. Explanations of the purpose of each zoning designation, allowed uses and development standards can be found in the Zoning Ordinance itself. To access overlay information for specific parcels, please please refer to the County’s Parcel Lookup Tool.

Agricultural Buffer Guidelines - The agricultural buffer guidelines are intended to help implement the 300-foot (300’) buffer between residential dwellings and agricultural uses as required by Butte County Code (BCC) Article 17 (§ 24-83) and to provide  guidance relative to requests for determination of unusual circumstances pursuant  to BCC Article 17 (§ 24-84) . The Planning Division and Agricultural Commissioner review the proposed residential site plan for  conformance with the 300’ buffer requirement and assess whether a determination of Unusual Circumstances can be supported. If approved, requests for determination of unusual circumstances allow modification of the 300’ agricultural buffer requirement. Requests for unusual circumstances are applicable only to non-discretionary actions, such as building and administrative permits.

Need Help? The Permit Center Planner at the Development Services Department can identify zones and answer questions on the Zoning Ordinance:

  • Permit Center Planner:  530.552.3701, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. 
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  • Also available by appointment.

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Fax: 530.538.7785

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Development Services

7 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Mon - 8am to 4pm
Tues - 8am to 4pm
Wed - 8am to 3pm
Thur - 8am to 4pm
Fri - 8am to 4pm

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