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 (PDF 4.42MB) – This link provides the County’s Zoning Ordinance in one document (see below to download separate chapters). 

Zoning Code Amendments – History

Butte County Zoning Map – This link provides a single PDF showing the zoning designations of all lands in the unincorporated portion of Butte County. Explanations of the purpose of each zoning designation, allowed uses and development standards can be found in the Zoning Ordinance itself. Note: To access parcel specific information within a zone, please refer to the County’s Parcel Lookup Tool.

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. Please review the maps below for locations of the overlay  

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

  • Permit Center Planner:  530.522.3701, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. 
  • Email at: DSPlanning@buttecounty.net.  
  • Also available by appointment.

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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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 What's New

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.

April 10, 2018
T-25 Workshop Tuesdays 3:30-5:00

April 4, 2018
Building Stakeholder Meeting

March 19, 2018
View Development Services 2017 Accomplishments...what a great year it was (except for all of the disasters)

March 16, 2018
New DDS Permitted Special Events webpage launched

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