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.

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 530.552.3701 or send us an email.

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

What's New in Planning

August 15, 2018
Butte County Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Strategy Wins APA California Planning Award

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  

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 530.552.3701Follow this link for new staff phone numbers.

December 14, 2017
Butte County is developing an Oak Woodland Mitigation Ordinance

September 1, 2017
Planning Fee Schedule - effective 9/1/2017


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Development Services

Phone: 530.552.3700
Fax: 530.538.7785

Building - 530.552.3700 
Planning - 530.552.3701
Code Enforcement - 530.552.3702

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 Locations & Hours

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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