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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The Butte County General Plan’s 2022 – 2030 Draft Housing Element is available for public review and comment for 30 days, from June 4, 2022, to July 5, 2022. The 2022-2030 Draft Housing Element is the County’s plan for addressing the housing needs of residents of all income levels in the unincorporated areas of the Butte County. The major updates and required changes are centered on the revised housing allocations based on the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), addressing Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in accordance with State law, and a review of the success in meeting the goals and objectives of the previously adopted Housing Element. Public comment may be submitted in writing by email to Senior Planner Mark Michelena at or by mail to the Butte County Department of Development Services, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965. Please provide comments by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2022.


The Interim Transportation Threshold and the update to the Butte County's Environmental Review Guidelines were presented to the the Board of Supervisors on April 26, 2022. The Board, by resolution (No. 22-065), adopted the Interim Transportation Threshold of Significance under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for Vehicles Miles Traveled (VMT) and the update to Butte County's Environmental Review Guidelines.


Butte County is updating the General Plan. Since the current General Plan was adopted, the devastating Camp and North Complex Fires destroyed nearly 17,000 structures, including more than 14,000 homes, and displaced many more residents. The updated General Plan will support the County’s efforts to rebuild and create a more resilient future. We are also using the update as an opportunity to address issues related to climate adaptation and environmental justice, as well as other new State laws. To achieve these goals, the County is working closely with community members and stakeholders to ensure we fully understand community needs and opportunities and how to address them.


The General Plan establishes the community’s long-term vision for the future, including where people in Butte County will live, work, shop, learn, and recreate. It guides all zoning and land use decisions within the unincorporated County. It will shape future housing, support job growth, foster healthy and resilient neighborhoods, protect and manage natural resources and agricultural lands, ensure community safety, and promote social and economic equity.


  • Support Camp Fire and North Complex Fire recovery
  • Address current and future needs of Butte County
  • Engage community members as key decision makers for adaptation, community resilience, public safety, and environmental justice
  • Comply with State regulations


  • The updated Health and Safety Element will address the life changing impact of recent disasters like the Camp and North Complex Fires and the Oroville Dam crisis and respond to community needs, values, and priorities that have emerged in their aftermath. It will also provide a framework for adaptation and resilience to climate change, as well as develop community evacuation modeling to assist in the development of future evacuation plans.
  • The updated Housing Element will include a plan to ensure that residents of all income levels can find housing, including rebuilding fire-destroyed units.
  • The new Environmental Justice Element will address the topics of pollution exposure and equitable access to resources and opportunities to advance environmental justice in the county, as required by Senate Bill (SB) 1000. Environmental justice means the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes in decisions about land use and other environmental regulations so that no communities are disproportionately burdened by pollution.
  • The Land Use Element will be revised to manage development in a way that supports the community’s vision for the future of Butte County as well as updating information regarding equitable access to infrastructure and public services in compliance with SB 244.
  • The revised Circulation Element will address how the County evaluates the transportation impacts of new development. It will also respond to new and emerging County priorities, including increased support for active transportation, and changing conditions like new transportation technologies.
  • The updated Water Resources Element will focus on water conservation opportunities to sustain Butte County’s groundwater, as well as policies to support resilient water supply and infrastructure. 



Communities of Opportunity Survey - (Now Closed)

Butte County is updating its General Plan to include a new chapter on environmental justice, which is the basic right of all people to a healthy and clean environment. We want to ensure that the General Plan addresses the needs of Butte County’s Communities of Opportunity, which are the communities that experience the greatest impacts of environmental pollution and other health hazards in the unincorporated county: Palermo, South Oroville, and Thermalito. Please take the survey below to share your experiences and ideas.

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Workshop #2 - (Now Closed)

Join us for Workshop #2, a two-part, web-based meeting.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. and will focus on Safety, Resilience and Housing

The second meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will focus on Environmental Justice and Housing


1. What does a resilient, safe community mean to you? 

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2. What does a healthy community mean to you?     

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3. What do you see as the biggest issue related to housing?

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Butte County is in the middle of three other concurrent advance planning projects, including the Climate Action Plan Update, North Chico Village Plan, and the Upper Ridge Community Plan. Visit each plan's website below to learn more about what the County is doing and get involved to have your voice heard!


Mark Michelena

Senior Planner, Butte County

(530) 552-3683

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Oroville, CA 95965

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