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Supplemental assessments are one-time only assessments which supplement the regular annual assessment. They are created each time a property is reappraised due to a change in ownership or new construction. They are based on the difference between the prior and the new assessment. This/these bill(s) or refund(s) may cover from 1 to 17 months.
The lien date is the date the assessment becomes a lien on the property. All taxable property is put on the assessment roll as of this date. In the case of construction in progress, the value reflected is that of its stage of completion on lien date. New legislation has established January 1st as the lien date for future tax rolls (from 1967 to 1996, the lien date was March 1).
No. Only the newly constructed portion will be assessed at its current value. The original portion will retain its adjusted base value.
No, not necessarily. The newly constructed home must be assessed at its market value. The market value includes all cost components, including material, labor, overhead, and profit, as though it were available for sale on the open market.
Proposition 13, passed by the voters in June 1978, requires that the base value of a property be established as of the date of change of ownership, or as of the date of completion of new construction. If you and your neighbor purchased your properties in different years or have different construction dates, your base values reflect different market values.
Yes. If you owned a boat or a business on the lien date, the taxes are your responsibility for the subsequent year.
Proposition 8 provides that your taxable value does not exceed the current market value of the property. Once a value is reduced under Proposition 8, it is reviewed annually and adjusted, according to the market value. Once the market value exceeds the adjusted base value, it will be restored to the adjusted base value.
Property taxes are collected by the County, although they are governed by California State law. The Tax Collector of Butte County collects taxes on behalf of the following entities: the County, the County's 5 incorporated cities, all school districts, and all other taxing agencies located in the County, including special districts (e.g., flood control districts, reclamation districts, park districts). Upon collection of these taxes by the County, appropriate distribution is made to the various taxing agencies.
Computation of Taxes: The process of determining your property taxes involves the efforts of 3 County offices: the County Assessor, the County Auditor/Controller, and the County Tax Collector, who work in conjunction to produce and account for your property taxes. In order for the amount of your taxes to be determined, the County Assessor must first assess the value of your property. Generally, the assessed value is the cash or market value at the time of purchase. This value increases not more than 2% per year until the property is sold or any new construction is completed, at which time it must be reassessed. For more information on how the assessed value is determined, contact the Assessor's Office at 530-538-7721.
After the Assessor has determined the property value, the Auditor-Controller applies the appropriate tax rates, which include the general tax levy, locally voted special taxes, and any city or district direct assessments. The general tax levy is determined in accordance with State law and is limited to $1 per $100 of assessed value of your property. Special taxes and district assessments are passed by vote. After applying the tax rates and direct charges, the Auditor-Controller calculates the total tax amount.
Finally, the Tax Collector prepares property tax bills based on the Auditor-Controller's calculations, distributes the bills, and then collects the taxes.
Tax Payers Rights: If you disagree with the valuation placed on your property, you may take the matter up with the Assessor to see if that office will change the valuation. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors has established several Assessment Appeals Boards for the purpose of resolving valuation problems. Appeals on regular assessments must be filed each year between July 2 and September 15 (valuation information is available July 1 at the Assessor's Office). Appeals on corrected assessments, escaped assessments (assessments that did not take place when they should have), or supplemental assessments must be filed no later than 60 days from the mailing date of the corrected, escaped, or supplemental tax bill.
If you choose to appeal your assessment, you should still pay your tax installments in full by the appropriate deadlines; otherwise, you may incur penalties while the case is in appeals. If your appeal is granted, a refund will be issued to you. Appeals applications and further information about the appeals process can be obtained by calling 530-538-7721.
New Owner Information: As a new owner, you are responsible for any taxes that were not paid as of the time escrow closed. Even though taxes are prorated between the buyer and seller during escrow and proper credit is given to each, the actual taxes may not have been paid to the Tax Collector by that time. You should read your escrow papers and/or title report to determine if any portion of the annual taxes were paid by the previous owner before the close of escrow.
Annual tax bills, which can be paid in two installments, are mailed once a year by November 1. Since the bill contains payment stubs for both installments, this is the only bill regularly mailed each year by the Tax Collector. Depending on when the ownership change is placed on the tax roll, the annual tax bill could be sent either to the previous owner or directly to you. If there are any remaining unpaid taxes, and if you did not receive an annual tax bill from either the previous owner or the Tax Collector, you should contact the Tax Collector immediately and request one. It is your responsibility to obtain the bill. State law stipulates that failure to receive a bill does not permit the Tax Collector to excuse penalties on late payments.
In addition to annual taxes, you will probably be responsible for paying Supplemental Property Taxes. Any time property is sold or improved, the value of the property is reassessed. If the property has been reassessed at a higher value, you will receive one or more supplemental tax bills in addition to the annual bill mentioned above. If the property has been reassessed at a lower value, you will receive a refund.
If your taxes are paid through an impound account (i.e. included with your mortgage payment), your lender will receive your annual tax bill, and you will receive an informational copy. Supplemental tax bills, however, are not sent to your lender, but are mailed directly to you. It is your responsibility to contact your lender to determine who will pay the supplemental tax bill.
The annual tax bill identifies the following:
You may pay your annual tax bill in two installments. The first installment is due November 1 and becomes delinquent at 5 pm on December 10, and the second installment is due February 1 and becomes delinquent at 5 pm on April 10. You may, however, elect to pay the entire bill when you pay the first installment. If you itemize your income taxes, this may be an advantage to you when calculating the deduction on your federal and state income taxes. Supplemental tax bills are mailed throughout the year and, therefore, may not be due or delinquent at the same time as your annual tax bill.
Typically, new construction is any substantial addition to real property (e.g. adding a new room, pool, or garage) or any substantial alteration which restores a building, room, or other improvement to the equivalent of new (e.g. completely renovating an outdated kitchen). Most changes in ownership caused by the sale of property result in reassessment. However, interspousal transfers, the transfer, sale, or inheritance of property between parents and their children, and the addition of joint tenants do not result in the reappraisal of property values.
Furthermore, homeowners over the age of 55 years who sell their principal residence and purchase a replacement dwelling within two years that is of equal or lesser market value and is located in the same county are eligible to transfer the pre-sale assessed value of their original property to the replacement dwelling. For further information or claim forms, please contact the office of the Assessor at 530-538-7721.
The Assessor first determines the new value of the property based on current market values. The Assessor then calculates the difference between the new value (set at the time of purchase or completion of new construction) and the old value (set on January 1 of the previous fiscal year). The result is the supplemental assessment value. Once the new assessed value of your property has been determined, the Assessor will send you a notification of the amount to be assessed.
Example: New value at date of purchase or completion of new construction $120,000 Assessed value for current fiscal year- 100,000 Supplemental assessment value will be $ 20,000 This reassessment usually results in an increase in property value, in which case your supplemental taxes will be calculated by the Auditor-Controller based on the change in value, and one or more supplemental tax bills will be created and mailed to you by the Tax Collector.
However, in some instances the reassessment results in a reduction in value, in which case a refund will be prepared by the Auditor-Controller and mailed to you. A reduction in value will not reduce the amount due on the annual tax bill. The annual tax bill must be paid in the amount originally billed.
If you had elected to participate in the Government Sponsored Debris and/or Tree Removal program and have received a check from your insurance company specific to Debris or Tree removal, please complete the Debris/Tree Removal Payment Form (PDF). Please endorse your check and mail it along with the completed form to:Butte County Administration25 County Center DriveSuite 200Oroville, CA 95965
The Administration office is open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday if your prefer to bring it in person.
Every three years, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Coordinator and team compiles a comprehensive program report and expenditure plan that includes the department’s vision of potential changes and how it envisions implementing those changes over the next three years. The plan also lists every program that includes any MHSA funding and provides a program data summary of the services provided. In the subsequent years, an annual update to that plan must be completed. The annual update includes the progress toward the proposed changes and any other notable updates to the overall programs. Again, each update also includes a program summary report of all MHSA-funded programs. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the MHSA funding that the Department receives goes toward the Community Services and Supports (CS&S) programs. It is required that fifty-one percent (51%) of the CS&S budget be utilized in Full-Service Partnership programs.
A Full Service Partnership is “the collaborative relationship between the County and the client, and when appropriate the client’s family, through which the County plans for and provides the full spectrum of community services so that the client can achieve the identified goal." (California Code of Regulations, Title 9, Section 3200.130). In Butte County, there are currently two internal FSP programs. Support, Engagement, Advocacy, Recovery, Community and Housing (SEARCH) provides services for adults (ages 26 to 59 years) and older adults (ages 60+ years) while the Youth Intensive Program (YIP) provides services to transition age youth (ages 16 to 25 years) and children (ages 0 to 15 years).
Call or write to the Patients' Rights Advocate to begin the process of filing a grievance or complaint (see contact information on the Patients' Rights page). The Patients' Rights Advocate can assist you with any concern or complaint you may have regarding Behavioral Health services. Whether you are receiving, or have received services in the past, the Patients' Rights Advocate can assist you with navigating the problem resolution process in collaboration with the Beneficiary Protection Designee.
People receiving mental health treatment are protected by both state and federal laws, to include all rights and responsibilities unless limited by court order. All individuals receiving mental health services have the right to be treated respectfully and without discrimination by providers.
Clients have rights during a voluntary or involuntary admission to a psychiatric facility. See Patients' Rights During An Inpatient Stay page.
A Patients' Rights Advocate is a state mandated position that empowers and assists recipients of mental health services to exercise their civil and human rights. Patients' Rights Advocates represent clients' interests as defined by the client, as long as those interests are within the bounds of the law and achievable within the advocate’s resources. Advocates do not determine what is "appropriate" for the client or in the client’s "best interest" rather, advocates advise clients about their options, the implications of those options, and assist the client to make informed choices. Additionally Patients' Rights Advocates monitor mental health facilities, services and programs for compliance with state and federal regulations and provide training and education about mental health law and patients’ rights to mental health providers.
Client rights may not be taken away from you for punishment or for staff convenience. Some rights can be taken away if good cause exists. Good cause to deny rights exists only when the exercise of the right would cause injury to individual, a serious infringement on the rights of others or serious damage to the facility and there is no less restrictive way of protecting the interest specified.
The legal criterion of danger to self or others has been narrowly defined by the courts to mean: "A demonstrated danger of substantial harm." This danger must be physical, not psychological or social harm.
Grave disability is a condition in which a person, as a result of a mental disorder, is unable to provide for his or her basic needs. A determination of grave disability, although necessarily including a consideration of past events, must be based upon the individual’s current condition. A person is not gravely disabled if they can survive without involuntary detention with the help of responsible family, or others who are willing and able help provide for the person’s basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
A person also may not be considered gravely disabled based upon their status as "homeless: if he/she knows how to access and obtain food, clothing and shelter that meet his/her needs through community agencies.
In addition, the refusal to consent to psychotropic medications does not in itself constitute grounds for grave disability or initiating involuntary commitment.
2019 community-wide inventory results show a 14% emissions decrease from 2006 emissions.
The County understands the importance of presenting this information and our project team is actively looking into reviewing the best options.
Senate Bill (SB) 2 funding.
Per BCC 34A-5 and BCC 34C-5, any person may make a complaint relating to this Chapter.
Download the Marijuana Complaint Form (Form # DCE-2) (PDF).
No. The County Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Supervisors, elected officials, and County departments for matters related to the operation and management of the County government. The County Counsel and other attorneys in the office cannot provide legal advice to members of the public.
All claims, summons and complaints against the County or a County department must be "served" (delivered) to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, the agent authorized to accept service on behalf of the County of Butte. No departmental employee should accept service of any claim, complaint or summons on behalf of the County or County agency. The process server will be directed to deliver the papers to the Clerk of the Board in Suite 200 of the County Administration Building. The Office of County Counsel does not accept service, unless there is a prior agreement to accept service on behalf of a client.
You should immediately get tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling any symptoms - regardless of your vaccination status. COVID-19 symptoms can feel like a common cold (including just "the sniffles"), seasonal allergies, or flu.
Butte County Public Health has a team of case investigators and contact tracers who play a crucial role in the COVID-19 response. When a person tests positive for COVID-19, the team calls the person to evaluate symptoms and provide education regarding isolation. They also help identify close contacts who may have been exposed during the person's infectious period.
Contact tracers reach out to these contacts to provide education regarding quarantine and testing recommendations in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
You may or may not be contacted by Public Health based on the current caseload. When necessary, priority is given to healthcare workers and first responders, persons living in congregate living facilities, and agencies or businesses that perform critical infrastructure services in the community.
CDPH updated its guidance on April 6 to align with the recommended isolation and quarantine timeframes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
View information for Isolation for COVID-19 Positive Individuals (Regardless of Vaccination Status).
All individuals with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status:
Return of test results varies greatly by the company/provider performing the COVID-19 test and the laboratory used to analyze and confirm the results. On average, you can expect your test results within 2 to 3 business days for PCR tests, however, some medical providers are able to obtain results more quickly. Results may be delivered by phone, email, or text message - depending on the company / provider performing the test. Be sure to confirm your desired communication preferences when scheduling your test so the company / medical provider can reach you as soon as your test results are available.
If you were tested because you were in contact with someone who has COVID-19 you should stay home, away from others, and monitor your health while waiting for your test result, even if you do not show symptoms. View the CDC's 3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result (PDF) for more information.
Testing is available throughout Butte County and at most pharmacies. View COVID-19 Testing Sites in Butte and Glenn County:
The State of California and the COVID-19 Testing Task Force have joined together with OptumServe in a partnership to expand Rapid and PCR viral testing services in Butte County. View more information about OptumServe Testing.
OptumServe Sites will be closed on October 10, 2022 in observance of Columbus Day.
OptumServe (Chico State): Open Monday through Friday! Located at:
Sutter HallSuite 521Legion AvenueChico, 95926
This location is open to the public. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon and 2 to 5 pm, excluding all federal holidays. Short-term free parking is available in the Bryce South Lot (gravel lot off of Warner). Metered parking is available on Legion Avenue Schedule an appointment at:
Recently, the CDC requested that the emergency use authorization (EUA) issued by the FDA for the CDC 2019 Real-Time PCR test be retired. The CDC no longer needs to maintain this EUA because the FDA has authorized hundreds of other SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests since the beginning of the pandemic. The removal of this test is not related to its accuracy or reliability of it and only applies to the CDC's PCR test and does not apply to any other PCR tests authorized for use by the FDA.
View the CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus Real-Time PCR Diagnostic Panel to learn about the retirement of the CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus Real-Time PCR Diagnostic.
It is a proceeding where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact of an interpretation of a regulation and reaching a decision based on the evidence for any of the programs administered by the Department of Employment and Social Services (DESS) by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
This is to ensure that all customers receive due process. This is the principle that the government must respect all of a person's rights when the government seeks to deprive a person of life, liberty or property. The benefits administered by DESS are considered property.
If you a re a customer that disagrees with an action taken or will be taken by DESS, you have the right to be heard by an ALJ. This ALJ will take into consideration all of the evidence provided by both county and the customer and write a decision based on that evidence and the regulations.
Every Notice of Action that is issued by the county has the instructions on how to file a hearing on the back of it. The customer may complete the back of the notice and mail it to:Department of Employment and Social ServicesAttn. State Hearing UnitP.O. box 1649Oroville, CA 95965
They may also bring it into either Community Employment Center location: 78 Table Mountain Boulevard, Oroville, CA or 765 East Avenue, Chico, CA.
Finally, they may call the State Hearing Division's toll-free number:
You can come into either office listed above to obtain help in completing the back of the notice to file a hearing. You may also call the Customer Service Center at 877-410-8803.
You can ask about your hearing rights of for a legal aid referral at the toll-free state phone numbers above. You may also get free legal help at:Legal services of Northern California541 Normal AvenueChico, CA 95928Oroville Phone: 530-534-9221Chico Phone: 530-345-9491Toll Free: 800-345-9491
A customer must request a hearing within 90 days after the date of the action or inaction with which the customer is dissatisfied. However, if good cause exists, it must be filed within 180 days.
Yes. You may bring a friend, relative or anyone else you feel is necessary to the hearing.
Yes. Aid Paid Pending (APP) is the suspension of a proposed action until a hearing is held and a decision is rendered by an Administrative Law Judge when either:
APP cannot be issued at the end of a CalFresh or County Medical Services Program (CMSP) Certification Period. Also, APP cannot be issued for denied applications.
It depends. If the hearing decision finds in your favor, the APP will not be considered an overpayment or over-issuance.
If the hearing decision does not find in your favor, you will owe us for any extra Cash Aid, CalFresh or child care services you received and an overpayment and/or over-issuance will be assessed.
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Instructions for applying can be found in our Application Process (PDF).
Visit our Employment Opportunities Portal.
View the Human Resources Training Room Map (PDF).
View our Oral/Written Exam Document (PDF) to learn more.
Learn more about the current offerings on our Employee Benefits page.
View the Human Resources Department Contact page for location information and interactive directions.
View the Human Resources Department Contact page to learn more about our office hours.
All branches are always glad to receive in good condition:
Important Note: Friends do not accept any books or other items which have been kept in garages, sheds, storage units and the like. This is due to mold, must, animal droppings and insects.
If you have any donation over three file boxes in size, please contact the branch to make arrangements.
Donations are accepted at any of our libraries. Please bring donations during library open hours in small boxes or bags that can easily be carried.
Your donation benefits the library and is greatly appreciated. Donations may be added to the collection. Any item not added to the library collection will be given to the Friends of Library for sale or distribution to a charitable organization. Books are sometimes distributed to:
Yes, there are 2 options for fulfilling your request.
Note: If the item(s) are available at any of our branches, you can put it on hold from our online catalog and they will be sent to your branch. These 2 options are not available for items owned by Butte County Library.
There are several ways to submit a request:
To request an eBook, send us an E-Book Request Email.
The first 12 requests placed per year are free; subsequent requests will be placed for a fee of $32 per item. Fees are due at the time the request is placed and are non refundable even if the requested item becomes unavailable. There are no fees for requesting or receiving a Zip Book.
Please allow a minimum of three weeks for an Interlibrary Loan. It may not take that long but faster service cannot be guaranteed. We need to find a library that owns the item, is willing to lend it, and where it is not checked out to another borrower.
Zip Books generally arrive within one or two weeks of us ordering the item. It may not take that long but faster service cannot be guaranteed.
Every effort will be made to fill each request placed; however, circumstances change and occasionally items become unexpectedly unavailable. In this instance, the request placed will still be deducted from the 12 free allowed per year. Any associated fees that have been paid are nonrefundable. If your request is ineligible for Zip Books we will try to fill the request through Interlibrary Loan.
Interlibrary Loan: You will be notified by either our automated email notification or phone notification system. You will have 7 days to pick up your item(s) at the library.
Zip Books: Purchases will be sent to your address from Amazon. You will be notified when we purchase it via email notification and the item will be checked out on your account. If you do not want the Zip Book to come to your address, or your address cannot accept packages, you can request to have the item be mailed to one of our branches for you to pick up.
The lending library determines the length of the loan. You will not be able to renew it, and it is important that the items are returned on time. Otherwise, we may lose borrowing privileges from the lending library.
Zip Books are checked out to you soon after we order them. They have a 6-week checkout and can be renewed if the item doesn't have a hold (you can now place holds on any of them!). Make sure to return them on time to avoid having an overdue book on your account.
Please return the book to a staff member at the desk (with the Amazon packing slip, if possible) to any of our six locations. Please, do not return Zip Books in the Book Returns - There are no library labeling, they look like donations.
Yes, you can! Starting Sept. 2023, you will be able to place holds on Zip Books which other patrons have requested. You can search for 'Zip Books' in our catalog and request them just like any other book. There is no limit to the number of Zip Books you place on hold.
Items from libraries outside the Butte County Library system wear an identifying paper band. The band helps us both - you and the Library - to keep track of these special items. To ensure safe return of the material, please do not remove the band.
The goal of the Zip Books Project is to expand the use of an alternative model for interlibrary loan service that, over time, has proved cost effective, easy to use, and extremely popular with the public. The project started in 2013 with 15 libraries; currently over 68 library jurisdictions across the state are participating, with more being added all the time.
The Zip Program is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.
No. This ordinance regulates the place and manner in which Marijuana can be grown in unincorporated Butte County. A doctor's recommendation does not make a patient/caretaker exempt from the requirements of the ordinance.
A greenhouse must be fully enclosed and securable to be considered an indoor grow and it may be no larger than 120 square feet in size.
View Detached Structures Approved Common Materials Memorandum (PDF).
Anyone can now complain. Under the County's ordinance, information regarding a person making a complaint will be kept confidential and only disclosed to the hearing officer if the matter proceeds to a hearing authorized under the ordinance. All other information for the compliance program will be subject to the rules and requirements of the California Public Records Act (California Government Code Section 6250 et seq.) While the County will abide by the confidentiality provisions of the Marijuana Ordinance, the County cannot guarantee that information will remain confidential if the disclosure is compelled in any subsequent or associated legal action, pursuant to a valid applicable State or Federal law, or pursuant to a valid court order.
Yes, $500 per day for the first 72-hour period then fines increase to $1,000 per day until the hearing date, abatement, or compliance is met.
View our Enforcement Flow Chart (PDF).
Yes; however, the cultivation area (medical) and plant count (non-medical) remain the same regardless of the number of people involved.
This would depend on the zoning of your parcel and would require a meeting with the Butte County Planning Division to determine.
Indoors means entirely within a private residence or accessory structure, considering all buildings or building upgrades for cultivation are permitted.
Your ability to subdivide your property depends on your zoning and parcel size. Please contact a planner for individual property information.
The County does not require a business license. This does not negate or exempt the requirements for any licenses required by the State, by professional boards, or as may be required to do business in an incorporated city. Please read more about business licenses and permits.
Please visit our Parcel Look-Up Tool to determine which jurisdiction your parcel is located in. At the bottom of the page, type in the property's Assessor's Parcel Number (APN). This will take you to the parcel in question and will load a text box that will give you information about the parcel, including the zoning. If the zoning lists a city or a town, the parcel is not in the county. City areas are referred to as "incorporated", while areas not under city jurisdiction are referred to as being located in the "unincorporated" area of Butte County. Butte County and each incorporated city maintain their own zoning ordinance, land use regulations, and general plan.
To find the zoning of a specific property, go to our Parcel Look-Up Tool, and at the bottom of the page, type in the property's APN. This will take you to the parcel in question and will load a text box that will give you information about the parcel such as Zoning, Acreage, and Site Address. A planner can assist you with any specific questions you may have about zoning.
Businesses run out of a home are considered home occupations. There are four types of home occupations. Please refer to the Butte County Code.
Please email the Building Division.
To learn about the height limits of Walls and Fences in different locations of your parcel and in various zones, please read our Butte County Code. Please contact a planner for specific questions.
Note: Private easements are a civil matter between private property owners. The County does not regulate the creation of easements between private parties.
For private easements, consult with a professional land surveyor and the parcel owner(s) to come to a private agreement. After coming to an agreement, a surveyor can write a legal description of the easement and record the easement at the Clerk-Recorder's Office.
Multi-zoned means that you have multiple zones on your property. You may look up the zones on our Parcel Look-Up Tool. Refer to the zoning legend for the different colors. Contact a planner if you need additional help understanding the different zoning that may be applicable.
A Conditional Use Permit or Minor Use Permit is a discretionary action that enables the County to ensure that a proposed use is consistent with all General Plan goals and policies and will not create negative impacts on adjacent properties or the general public. Uses that are conditionally allowed are indicated for each zone under the Zoning Ordinance.
To learn about the permitted Land Uses in the Residential Zones, please read our Butte County Code. A planner may assist you with any specific questions you may have concerning allowed land uses.
Zoning describes any of the agriculture, natural resource, residential, commercial and mixed-use, industrial, special purpose, and overlay zones established by Article II (Zoning Districts, Land Uses, and Development Standards) within which certain land uses are allowed, conditionally allowed, or prohibited. Zoning may also apply development standards to certain uses.
Unless the inquiry is regarding setbacks to property lines, inquiries regarding wastewater and domestic water supply, such as as-built septic systems, should be emailed to the Department of Environmental Health, Environmental Health Division.
When an individual commits a crime and is arrested, they go to an arraignment then a preliminary hearing. If charges are not dismissed at the preliminary hearing, the case goes to trial. Following the trial is sentencing which will determine if the individual goes to prison, county jail, or gets placed on probation.
If the individual is in custody at the time of plea, a sentencing hearing will be set and the Probation Department will receive a referral from the Court. A Probation Officer will be assigned to complete the Pre-Sentence Report for the Court. The Court will make a determination, based on the report provided by the Probation Department, and other relevant information, as to whether a grant of probation or a State Prison/County Prison sentence is warranted.
If an individual enters a plea and is out of custody, they will be directed by the Court to contact the Probation Department. The defendant will be assigned to a Probation Officer from our Court Investigations unit. An interview will be conducted and the Court will make the determination, based on the report provided by the Probation Department and other relevant information, as to whether a grant of probation or a State Prison/County Prison sentence is warranted. If the defendant is granted probation they will be assigned a Probation Officer who will manage their case, review their probation Terms and Conditions, and begin their supervision.
Supervision of individuals on formal probation varies according to the crime and caseload they are placed on. Terms and Conditions of Probation are set by the Butte County Superior Court on a case-by-case basis and are enforced by the supervising Probation Officer. Terms and conditions can include: routine office appointments, searches, travel restrictions, regular drug and alcohol testing, treatment program enrollment, weapons restrictions, and electric monitoring.
The Probation Department informs the court of an individual’s progress or difficulties under supervision.
It is the policy of the Butte County Probation Department to respect the privacy rights of individuals. Probation Officers conduct searches in strict observance of the constitutional rights of persons being searched. All seizures by Butte County Probation comply with relevant federal and state law governing the seizure of persons and property.
Law enforcement officers are granted the authority to perform their function based on established legal authority. Probation does not tolerate abuse of law enforcement authority.
Probation Officers implement and enforce the Conditions of Probation ordered by the court. When an offender fails to abide by the court’s orders, the supervising Probation Officer is responsible for returning the case to the court for further sentencing, which can entail returning the probationer to secure custody in jail.
Contact Behavioral Health Services and/or the Butte County Probation Department.
In California, it is possible to seal juvenile court records for all but very serious offenses.
To ask a court to seal your juvenile record, you must be at least 18 years old or at least 5 years must have passed since your juvenile court supervision ended. Then, your record may be sealed if a court finds that:
Your record does not qualify for sealing if you committed rape, murder, robbery, or one of the other serious offenses listed in California Welfare & Institutions Code section 707(b) when you were at least 14 years old. (California Welfare & Institutions Code, § 781.)
To seal your juvenile record, you must file a petition with the juvenile court in the county where your case was handled.
Contact your child’s assigned Probation Officer.
As the parent or guardian of a child who is on probation, you have a responsibility to help your child follow the conditions of probation imposed by the court and the Probation Officer to the best of your ability. You have a responsibility to abide by any court orders, including bringing your child to court as directed. Parents need to contribute to the development of their child’s well-being and improved performance.
“VOP” stands for “Violation of Probation.” A VOP is filed when a child on probation repeatedly does not follow the conditions of his or her supervision and/or gets re-arrested. The Probation Officer prepares a Violation of Probation petition to return the juvenile to Court for further action.
Probation is one of the dispositions that a judge can give a minor after finding him or her guilty of the accused crime. While on probation the youth lives at home and is assigned a probation officer who works with the child to make sure he/she can remain successfully in the community and not get arrested again.
The average length of stay at Butte County Juvenile Hall is about 14 to 20 days. But very few youths are incarcerated for that actual time, most are in and out within hours or days, or are even in for months at a time. Those large ranges of detention time are what created the average of 14 to 20 days.
Probation and parole are both alternatives to incarceration. However, probation occurs prior to and often instead of county jail or prison time, while parole is an early release from state prison. In both probation and parole, the party is supervised and expected to follow certain rules and guidelines.
Contact your Local Law Enforcement Agency.
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Physical activity helps you to:
Think about activities you enjoyed doing as a child and try them again. Take the time to discover what types of exercises are best for your physical, emotional and social health. Try a range of different activities to keep you interested and challenge different muscles. Once you find out what you like to do, increase your activity time and intensity gradually. If you are new to physical activity, start out gently and build your endurance little by little - this way you'll avoid overdoing it or injuring yourself.
The American Heart Association recommends that to improve overall cardiovascular health, at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. What if you can't make the time goal that day? Something is always better than nothing! You will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 to 15 minutes per day.
It is also recommended that adults include at least moderate to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days per week and flexibility exercises at least 2 or 3 days each week to improve their range of motion. Please remember to never stretch a cold muscle; flexibility training should be done only after your body has been warmed up, usually after your workout.
View the General Physical Activities Defined by Level of Intensity (PDF) document.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and learn about Measuring Physical Activity Intensity Levels.
The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Inactive children are more likely to become inactive adults. One way to help get our children moving is to start gradually reducing their amount of screen time. "Screen time" is a term used for activities done in front of a screen, such as watching TV, working on a computer, or playing video games. Screen time is a sedentary activity, meaning you are being physically inactive while sitting down. Very little energy is used during screen time.
Most American children spend about 3 hours a day watching TV. Added together, all types of screen time may often total 5 to 7 hours a day. It is recommended that children under age 2 should have no screen time and kids over age 2 should limit it to 1 to 2 hours a day.
Cutting down screen time to 2 hours a day can be hard for some children because the TV may be such a large part of their daily routines. You can help your children by teaching them how sedentary activities affect their overall health. Talk to them about things they can do to be healthier.
Here are some helpful ways to start decreasing screen time:
American Heart Association's Recommendations for Physical Activity in Children
American Heart Association's Recommendations for Physical Activity in Kids infographic (PDF)
Influenza, commonly called "the flu" is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). Influenza is a leading cause of illness in the United States and can lead to serious medical conditions, hospitalization, or even death. Flu seasons are unpredictable. They can begin early in the fall and last late into the spring. Influenza is extremely contagious and spreads very easily in communities. The best way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. It is especially important for individuals at high risk for having serious flu-related complications such as:
*It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.
Doctors' offices, pharmacies, and clinics often have flu vaccines available. Butte County Public Health sponsors many free vaccination clinics throughout flu season and offers free or low-cost vaccinations for eligible individuals in their Chico and Oroville health clinics.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.
No safe and effective cure currently exists, but scientists are working hard to find one, and remain hopeful. Meanwhile, with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Treatment for HIV is often called antiretroviral therapy or ART. It can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV and lower their chance of infecting others. Before the introduction of ART in the mid-1990s, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is far advanced can have a nearly normal life expectancy.
HIV affects specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells, or T cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can't fight off infections and diseases. When this happens, HIV infection leads to AIDS.
In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by having unprotected sex (vaginal, anal, and oral) or sharing injection drug equipment such as needles with someone who has HIV.
Only certain fluids-blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk-from an HIV-infected person can transmit HIV. These fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the bloodstream (from a needle or syringe) for transmission to possibly occur. Mucous membranes can be found inside the rectum, the vagina, the opening of the penis, and the mouth.
The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to be tested. You cannot rely on symptoms to know whether you have HIV. Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms at all for 10 years or more. Some people who are infected with HIV report having flu-like symptoms 2 to 4 weeks after exposure.
These symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. During this time, HIV infection may not show up on an HIV test, but people who have it are highly infectious and can spread the infection to others.
Two types of home testing kits are available in most drugstores or pharmacies: one involves pricking your finger for a blood sample, sending the sample to a laboratory, then phoning in for results. The other involves getting a swab of fluid from your mouth, using the kit to test it, and reading the results in 20 minutes. Confidential counseling and referrals for treatment are available with both kinds of home tests.
If you test positive for HIV, you should contact Butte County Public Health Department as soon as possible to be linked to local resources and medical care.
Today, more tools than ever are available to prevent HIV. In addition to limiting your number of sexual partners, never sharing needles, and using condoms correctly and consistently, you may be able to take advantage of newer biomedical options such as Pre-Exposure (PREP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). Find a provider close to you who you can talk to about being prescribed PREP or talking to your doctor.
Butte County Public Health Clinics in Chico and Oroville provide free or low-cost STD testing and treatment.
Persons can verify their vaccination status by referring to their yellow vaccination card or a printed vaccination record obtained from their primary care provider. If your provider participates in the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), you can request your records online (PDF).
Public Health is only able to verify your vaccination status if you received your vaccination at the public health clinic.
Symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure. Measles typically begins with:
Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth. Not everyone will have Koplik spots.
Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. The rash usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body.
When the rash appears, a person's fever may spike to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yes, individual cases of measles have been confirmed in California and states throughout the United States. View the current number of measles cases in the U.S.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing.
The measles virus can live for up to 1 hour in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. However, measles does not survive more than 1 hour outside the human body.
Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears.
Measles is a disease of humans; the measles virus is not spread by any other animal species.
If you know you have been exposed to someone with measles, call Public Health at 530-552-3929. Additionally, you can call your Healthcare Provider and let them know that you have been exposed to someone who has measles. Your doctor can:
If you are not immune to measles, the MMR vaccine or, for persons at high risk for measles complications, a medicine called immune globulin may help reduce your risk of developing measles. Your doctor can help to advise you and monitor you for signs and symptoms of measles.
If you do not get MMR or immune globulin, you should stay away from settings where there are susceptible people (such as schools, hospitals, or childcare facilities) until your doctor says it's okay to return. This will help ensure that you do not spread measles to others.
If you are feeling well and you don't have any known exposure to a confirmed case and were not in any place listed at the date and time of possible exposure, you can check your vaccination records by requesting your records from CAIR the immunization registry (PDF). If you are unable to verify vaccination through CAIR, you can contact your healthcare provider to help you determine your immune status. There is no way to determine if someone has measles before they have symptoms, so if you are feeling well, and you don't have a known exposure, there is no need to seek healthcare. Concerned persons without known exposure can monitor themselves for fever and other signs and symptoms of measles.
You are considered protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing:
One dose of the measles vaccine is about 93% effective. Adults with one dose are generally considered protected but, if concerned, persons who only received one dose of measles vaccine can discuss with their healthcare provider whether a second dose might be desirable, based upon personal and community risk.
If you're unsure whether you're immune to measles, you should first try to find your vaccination records. If you do not have written documentation of your vaccination records, contact your Healthcare Provider to obtain your vaccination records. If you are not vaccinated against measles, you should get vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Another option is to have a doctor test your blood to determine whether you're immune. But this option is likely to cost more and will take two doctor's visits. There is no harm in getting another dose of MMR vaccine if you may already be immune to measles (or mumps or rubella).
The measles vaccine is very effective. One dose of the measles vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus. Two doses are about 97% effective.
Very few people-about three out of 100-who get two doses of the measles vaccine will still get measles if exposed to the virus. Experts aren't sure why. It could be that their immune systems didn't respond as well as they should have to the vaccine. But the good news is persons who received 2 doses of the measles vaccine (fully vaccinated) and who still get measles typically have a milder illness. Fully vaccinated people are less likely to spread the disease to other people, including people who can't get vaccinated because they are too young or have weakened immune systems.
No. CDC considers people who received two doses of measles vaccine as children according to the U.S. vaccination schedule protected for life, and they do not ever need a booster dose.
Adults need at least one dose of the measles vaccine unless they have evidence of immunity. Adults who are going to be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission should make sure they have had two doses separated by at least 28 days. These adults include students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and international travelers. If you're not sure whether you were vaccinated, talk with your doctor.
Every year, unvaccinated travelers (Americans or foreign visitors) get measles while they are in other countries and bring measles into the United States. They can spread measles to other people who are not protected against measles, which sometimes leads to outbreaks. This can occur in communities with unvaccinated people.
Most people in the United States are protected against measles through vaccination. Measles cases in the U.S. are uncommon compared to the number of cases before a vaccine was available. Since 2000, when public health officials declared measles eliminated from the U.S., the annual number of people reported having measles ranged from a low of 37 people in 2004 to a high of 667 people in 2014.
Talk openly and provide guidance about the risks of using cannabis. Stay positive and focus on how using cannabis can get in the way of youth achieving their goals. Set shared guidelines and expectations for healthy behaviors. Be aware of your own attitudes and behaviors.
When you smoke or vape cannabis you may feel the effects quickly, but it can take between 30 minutes and two hours to feel the effects of edibles like cookies, sodas, and ice cream. Edibles may have higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the active ingredient in cannabis). It is important to know about the delayed effects of edibles because if you eat too much too fast, you are at a higher risk of poisoning.
Store all cannabis products in a locked area. Make sure children cannot see or reach the locked area. Keep cannabis in child-resistant packaging from the store. Cannabis affects children more strongly than adults. Children are at higher risk for cannabis poisoning, especially from edibles. If you think a child may have ingested cannabis, call the Poison Control Center at 800-222- 1222. If you think a child needs immediate medical help, call 911.
You can legally use cannabis if you are 21 or older. You can also use cannabis if you are 18 or older and have a current qualifying physician's recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card.
Use of medicinal cannabis is legal if you have a current qualifying physician's recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card. To buy medicinal cannabis, you must be 18 or older and have either have current qualifying physician's recommendation, a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card or be a Primary Caregiver as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7(d). You can possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis and up to six mature or 12 immature cannabis plants unless the physician's recommendation specifies a higher amount. With a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, you do not have to pay sales tax when you buy cannabis, but you may have to pay other taxes.
No. Using any form of cannabis is not recommended for women who are pregnant or who plan to be pregnant soon. If you already use cannabis for medicinal purposes, ask your doctor for an alternative treatment shown to be safe during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about any questions you have about cannabis.
Yes. Using any form of cannabis is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who plan to become pregnant soon. Research shows that if you use cannabis while you are pregnant or breastfeeding the growth and development of your baby's brain can be harmed, and your baby is more likely to be born with a lower birth weight and to have health problems. Talk to your doctor about any questions you have about cannabis.
Yes. Secondhand cannabis smoke contains THC and many of the same toxins and chemicals found in tobacco smoke. These toxins can be harmful to those around you, especially babies and children.
Most people have no idea. It is easy to find out by checking the Nutrition Facts label. Four grams of sugar is equal to one teaspoon. Be sure to check the number of servings. One container is often more than one serving. About half of adults and two-thirds of children consume sugary drinks on a given day, and the number of calories consumed per day by those who are actually drinking sugary drinks is nearly 350 calories or more. A soda here, a sports drink there. It may not seem like a lot, but when you add up the amount of sugar you drink in a day, the results may shock you. There is an extreme amount of sugar in drinks like soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and juice boxes. To discover how much sugar you're drinking each day use the Oklahoma State Department of Health's How Much Sugar Are You Drinking Calculator. Check out Choose health. Drink water for some common beverages, the amount of sugar added to each and how many minutes of brisk walking it would take to burn off the drink.
Added sugar increases calories, but offers no nutritional benefit. The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added sugar you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calories. For the average American, this is about 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for women, 9 teaspoons of added sugar for men, and 3 or fewer teaspoons of added sugar per day for children. For more information on added sugars, please visit the American Heart Association for more information.
What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Choose healthy drinks and make an important step toward good health.
Now that you know how much difference a drink can make, here are some ways to make smart beverage choices:
Yes. The way cannabis plants are grown has changed over the past few decades. Plants now contain higher amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis. The higher the THC content, the stronger the effects on your brain and behavior. Newer methods of using cannabis like dabbing, vaping, and eating edibles may also result in you taking in higher levels of THC.
When you smoke or vape cannabis you may feel the effects quickly, but it can take between 30 minutes and two hours to feel the effects of edibles like cookies, sodas, and ice cream. Start with less than a single serving (less than 10 milligrams of THC), then wait before using more. It is important to know about the delayed effects of edibles because if you eat too much too quickly, you are at greater risk of poisoning.
Store all cannabis products in a locked area. Make sure children cannot see or reach the locked area. Keep cannabis in child-resistant packaging from the store. Keep cannabis out of reach of pets too. Cannabis affects children more strongly than adults. Children are at higher risk for cannabis poisoning, especially from edibles. If you think a child may have ingested cannabis, call the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222. If you think a child needs immediate medical help, call 911. If you think your pet may have eaten cannabis, call your veterinarian.
A fatal overdose is unlikely. However, smoking or eating high concentrations of THC can affect your judgment, perception, and coordination, and may lead to injuries like poisoning or car crashes.
Yes. Cannabis can negatively affect the skills you need to drive safely, including reaction time, coordination, and concentration. Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and increases your risk of getting into a car crash. If you are under the influence of cannabis while operating a car, boat, or other vehicles, a law enforcement officer can pull you over and conduct a sobriety test.
Use of medicinal cannabis is legal if you have a current qualifying physician's recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card. To buy medicinal cannabis, you must be 18 or older and have either have current qualifying physician's recommendation, a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card or be a Primary Caregiver as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7(d). With a MMIC, you can possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis and up to six mature or 12 immature cannabis plants. With a physician's recommendation, you may only possess what the "patient" can consume medically, which is indicated in the recommendation. With a valid county-issued MMIC, you do not have to pay sales tax when you buy cannabis, but you may have to pay other taxes.
If your building has a no-smoking policy:
If smoking is allowed in your building, you can:
Building owners have the right to make their building smoke-free. Many state and local governments have resources to help owners or managers make their building smoke-free. Units can also be made nonsmoking as they become vacant or when the lease is renewed.
A smoke free policy can:
Talk with your neighbors:
Thirdhand smoke refers to the toxins from cigarette smoke that get left on the surfaces of objects, becoming more toxic over time. Have you ever stood near someone who wasn't smoking yet still smelled like tobacco smoke? That smell is from thirdhand smoke.
Through thirdhand smoke, people can be exposed to the same toxins found in tobacco smoke. Low levels of toxins can build up to dangerous levels in the body. This can cause learning problems for children.
If you have thirdhand smoke on your clothes and then cuddle your baby, your baby can breathe in these toxins. Babies have tiny lungs and breathe rapidly, so more tobacco toxins get into their bodies.
Thirdhand smoke gets on:
Thirdhand smoke can stay on unwashed surfaces for days, weeks and even months.
Sexually transmitted diseases (ST!s) are infections that can be transmitted through sexual contact with an infected individual. STIs can be transmitted during vaginal or other types of sexual intercourse including oral and anal sex. Most bacterial infections (like gonorrhea (PDF), chlamydia (PDF) and syphilis (PDF) are curable with antibiotics. Herpes (PDF), HIV and genital warts (HPV) (PDF) are all caused by viruses and can be treated to reduce symptoms, but there is no cure.
You can get an STI by having sex (vaginal, anal or oral) with someone who has an STI. Anyone who is sexually active can get an STI. You don't even have to "go all the way" (have anal or vaginal sex) to get an STI, since some STIs, like herpes and genital warts, are spread by skin-to-skin contact.
Since most STIs have no symptoms at all, the only way to know for sure is to get tested. Testing is always confidential and is often free or low-cost. Many STIs are curable and can easily be treated at a clinic. If you do not get treated, you can develop permanent damage and pass your STI on to others.
The surest way to protect yourself against STIs is to not have sex. That means not having any vaginal, anal, or oral sex ("abstinence"). There are many things to consider before having sex, and it's okay to say "no" if you don't want to have sex.
If you or your loved one is experiencing a mental health emergency or is in a life-threatening situation, call 911 and ask for a Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT) Officer.
In a crisis, you can also contact the resources below.
There is no specific treatment for WNV infection. In cases with milder symptoms, people experience fever and aches that subside on their own. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to help reduce fever and relieve associated symptoms. In more severe cases, people may need to go to the hospital where they can receive supportive care, such as intravenous fluids, pain management, and nursing care.
There is no vaccine available to prevent people from becoming infected with WNV.
Edibles may have higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). If you eat too much, or too fast you are at higher risk for poisoning.
Yes. If you are under the influence of cannabis while operating a car, boat, or other vehicles, a law enforcement officer can pull you over and conduct a sobriety test.
If you are under 21 and caught in possession of cannabis you will be required to complete drug education or counseling and community service (unless you have a current qualifying physician's recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card). You could also face additional penalties (fines and jail time); depending on the location you are in when you are caught, whether it is your second offense or other factors.
Yes. The brain is still developing until the 20s. Using cannabis regularly in your teens and early 20s may lead to physical changes in your brain. Cannabis can harm a young person's memory and ability to learn and pay attention. Some studies suggest a permanent impact as well. These harmful effects may make it harder for youth to achieve their educational and professional goals and impact how successful they are in life. Cannabis use also increases the risk for anxiety, depression, suicide, and schizophrenia as well as substance use or abuse.
It was established with the goal of helping to keep Butte County clean and to divert waste from the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility through reuse and recycling.
Butte County has a serious illegal dumping problem! We appreciate the efforts that community groups are willing to put into cleanup programs and are pleased to offer this grant program to assist with disposal costs. Because Butte County is committed to reducing the amount of material going to its landfill, we want to make sure that recycling is a part of every cleanup program.
The answer to that question, for Butte County residents, is to use the Butte Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Use less-toxic products whenever possible. Look for safer alternatives, many of which can be found at your local grocery store, or use simple alternatives. A mixture of baking soda and castile soap makes a good multipurpose cleaning product. Lemon juice, vinegar, hot-water and "elbow grease" can be use for a variety of projects from window cleaning to unclogging drains. You can help reduce pollution by making wise choices about the chemicals products you choose!
Keep HHW products in a pickup bed, trunk, or back seat - as far away from you as possible. Keep all products in the original container and never mix the products. Try to load your vehicle right before you leave for the facility so that fumes don't have a chance to build up. It is recommended that you keep your vehicle well-ventilated during your trip to the facility.
The legal limit is 5 gallons or 50 pounds at one time. If you have more, make more than one trip.
Look for the words "Caution," "Warning," " Danger," or "Poison" on the label. By law, hazardous products must have warning labels. If you're not sure, call us at 866-HAZCATT or 866-429-2288.
This facility is open:
No appointment is necessary.
Any of the following items:
Free to all households in Butte County. Proof of residency in Butte County must be shown (ie., garbage, water, phone, cable, or utility bill)
1101 Marauder StreetChico, CA 95973 (at the Chico Airport)
View the Google Maps location.
We serve all the communities of Butte County, including Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville and Paradise.
No! Don't dispose of HHW in the garbage, don't pour it down storm drains and don't dump in on the ground! HHW can injure sanitation workers, poison the environment and poses a threat to human health and wildlife when improperly disposed.
Keep your home and environment safe by bringing old and unwanted household hazardous waste (HHW) in for proper disposal.
Visit our online interactive GIS Maps to locate your parcel and whether it’s in a Flood Zone.
Operating hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Use our Online Reporting Tool for Reporting Public Works Permit Inspections.
Go to the Public Purchase Website and register (Free) with Public Purchase. Next, register with “County of Butte - Public Works”. During the signup process, make sure you include the categories that you want to be notified about. When the County publishes the types of projects that fit your categories, you will be automatically notified by Email. If you have questions, simply click the “Chat” button in the upper left corner of the Public Purchase Website.
You have three options:
Report street light outages directly to PG&E, find out how on the PG&E Website.
Grading gravel roads requires significant moisture/rain. When there is sufficient rain for grading to become effective, we will grade it.
Download the Butte County Master Fee schedule (PDF), and see section Public Works - Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility. The free Adobe Reader is required to view the PDF file, to find out how to download it visit Adobe's website.
Contact the Butte Fire Safe Council
Go to our Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility Guidelines page for more details.
In order for the County to have an effective program to manage waste and recycling programs and services, the County initiated a comprehensive study of services provided by the County's three waste and recycling collection companies already operating under one-year renewable permits. The study concluded that there was an opportunity for the County to require more accountability of the collection companies, more services to be provided, and to reduce the number of heavy collection trucks impacting roads and neighborhoods. A recommendation was presented to create three collection service areas in the unincorporated area of the County and to issue three franchises for waste and recycling services. The franchise service areas, also called collection areas were created based on the number of customers each collection company had at the time the franchise service study was completed. Waste Collection is subscription based and is not mandatory. Collection services available vary by geographical area and if you are located inside or outside a Recycling Zone. Visit the Find Waste Hauler page to search the map to see collection areas, find your hauler, and see if you property is in a recycling zone.
Starting March 1, 2015, the unincorporated area of the County will be divided into three collection areas and one company will service each of the three areas exclusively. Visit the Find Waste Hauler page to search the map to find your waste hauler and see the rates for your area. City services will remain unchanged.
The answer to that question, for Butte County residents, is to use the Butte Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 1101 Marauder, Chico, in the Airport Industrial Park.
Keep your home and environment safe by bringing old and unwanted household hazardous waste (HHW) in for proper disposal. Dispose of:
We can not accept:
We serve all the communities of Butte County, including:
Free to all households in Butte County. Must show proof of residency in Butte County; garbage bill, or utility bill (water, phone, cable, or electricity).
Household quantities only. Up to 5 gallons or 50 pounds of hazardous waste.
No! Don't dispose of HHW in the garbage, pour it down storm drains or dump in on the ground! HHW can injure sanitation workers, poison the environment and poses a threat to human health and wildlife when improperly disposed.
Look for the words "Caution," "Warning," "Danger," or "Poison" on the label. By law, hazardous products must have warning labels. If you're not sure, call us at 866-429-2288 (866-HAZCATT).
Keep HHW products in a pickup bed, trunk or a back seat - as far away from you as possible. Keep all products in the original container and never mix the products. Try to load your vehicle right before you leave for the facility so that fumes don't have a chance to build up. It is recommended that you keep your vehicle well ventilated during your trip to the facility.
Yes, mattresses and box springs are free of charge. They must be uncontaminated, no bed bugs or biohazards.
In Chico you can take them to the Butte Reginal Household Waste Facility, located at 1101 Marauder Street, Friday, 9 am to 1 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm.
In Gridley you can take them to Ord Ranch Transfer Station, located at 119 Ord Ranch Road. Open weekends for general waste but accepts antifreeze, batteries, oil, paint and e-waste the 2nd Sunday of every month from 9 am to 4 pm.
In Oroville, Recology of Butte, Colusa Counties, Located at 2720 South 5th Avenue, the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 9 am to 4 pm.
Yes, we take small e-waste for free, Florescent lights up to up to 32 lineal feet for free, large e-waste exceeding 24 inches - VCRs, microwaves, stereos, copiers, computer servers for a fee of $0.24 per pound.
Yes, we take all appliances - washers, dryers, water heaters, stoves. There is a fee of $6 per item.
No, we do not take any kind of motorized vehicle.
There are six recycling zones throughout the unincorporated area of Butte County. Recycling Zones were created based on the density of residential dwellings (homes per mile) that is similar to incorporated cities. Higher density equates to greater collection efficiency allowing for additional collection programs like recycling and yard waste collection to be provided at a low cost. Recycling zones include the three-cart service (trash, recycling, yard waste). Visit the Find Waste Hauler page to search the map to see if your property is in a recycling zone.
Yes. We have a cardboard only and mixed recycling roll off containers to collect recyclables. The mixed recycling includes plastics #1 through 7, newspapers (must be tied), and aluminum.
Abuse of an elder or dependent adult includes any of the following:
View the Red Flags of Elder Abuse (PDF) to learn more.
If you suspect that an older or dependent adult needs help:
If you are in immediate danger, please contact 911.
Reports are made by either of the following:
The law requires mandated reporters to make a verbal report immediately or as soon as possible, but within 24 hours, followed by a written report within 2 days.
This training is recommended for all employees of public and private care facilities, for health care workers, members of the clergy, employees of financial institutions, law enforcement personnel and anyone with full or intermittent responsibility for the care and custody of an elderly or dependent adult.
You can find the free Mandated Report Training online. For more information about the requirements for a Mandated Reporters please visit the CA Adult Protective Services page.
The Academy will be for six weeks with classes on Thursday evening and two full-day Saturdays.
To name a few:
Because of the nature of our work, legal confidentiality issues, and the agencies we serve, a thorough background check is necessary.
Even if you have had a previous check, a new one will be required including a Live Scan fingerprint check.
Yes. Although much of the training centers on responding to various types of critical incidents, a large portion deals with policies and procedures peculiar to Butte County Sheriff's Office.
We ask that you make every effort to not miss a class, but if circumstances are such that you have to miss any of the class dates, please inform the instructors as soon as possible (ASAP) in order for us to arrange for makeup work to be done.
For those who choose to become chaplains, there will be field training for 6 months, where new chaplains will go out on calls with seasoned chaplains for at least 30 hours.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office offers Live Scan fingerprinting services to the public for the purposes of pre-employment. Live Scan has the ability to digitally transmit your fingerprints to the California State Department of Justice. You may also have your fingerprints produced on a hard copy, which you or your employer can mail to the necessary agency.
When an applicant wishes to use the Live Scan service, he or she will need to provide a current and valid California Driver's License or California Identification Card. Also accepted are passports, out-of-state driver licenses, military ID cards, and ID from the Mexican Consulate. The applicant must also produce a "Request for Live Scan Service" form. Live Scan forms are provided by the requesting agency; the Sheriff's Office does not provide Live Scan forms.
The Live Scan operator will enter information from the submission form and digitally capture the fingerprint images. The captured information is immediately transmitted to the Department of Justice.
There are many reasons for citizens to obtain Live Scan services. Fees for these services can vary, and depend on the purpose of the Live Scan.
Ink fingerprinting, also known as hard card prints, is provided by the Butte County Sheriff's Office. Typically, the requesting agency provides the fingerprinting cards, however, we will provide fingerprint cards upon request with paid fingerprinting services. Ink card service costs $17 per card.
Live Scan services are done by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office by calling 530-538-7391 during business hours.
Appointments will occur at the Butte County Sheriff's Office, Records Division located at:5 Gillick WayOroville, CA 95965
Cash, check and credit cards are accepted for payment.
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The term "secured" simply means that taxes are assessed against real property (land or structures). The tax is a lien that is "secured" by the land or structure. If the taxes remain unpaid after a period of five years, the property may be sold by the Tax Collector to cover the taxes owed.
The Assessor establishes the value of unsecured property on January 1. This date is often referred to as the tax lien date.
The January 1 value is multiplied by the tax rate (usually 1 percent plus voter approved assessments).
A secured tax bill covers a fiscal year. The fiscal year begins July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following calendar year.
Every year, the Tax Collector mails the secured tax bills in October. If you do not receive a tax bill by November 1, or if you recently purchased a property, you may access your tax bill online. You can also request a duplicate copy by calling 530-552-3720 or by sending an email to Taxes.
The 1st installment is due on November 1 with a grace period until 5 pm on December 10 to pay without penalty. The second installment is due on February 1 with a grace period until 5 pm on April 10 to pay without penalty. If a final due date falls on a weekend or holiday, the taxes may be paid without penalty until 5 pm on the next business day.
A supplemental tax bill is a separate bill that reflects the increase or decrease in the assessed value of real property over and above the secured taxes already billed for a particular fiscal year. Supplemental tax bills are generated and mailed throughout the year and the payment due dates vary.
Yes. Supplemental tax bills are separate from and in addition to the annual secured property tax bill. The Assessor's Office is responsible for reassessing property.
No. Supplemental bills are only mailed to the property owner of record. You should contact your lender to determine whether it will pay the bill on your behalf.
The primary purpose of a tax sale is to collect taxes that have not been paid by the property owner for at least five years. Offering property at public auction achieves this by either selling the property or by forcing payment of the property taxes. During those five years, the taxpayer has repeatedly been offered payment plans and still has the ability to remove the parcel from the sale by paying the taxes in full by 5 pm the day before the auction. If the property is sold, lienholders and the former owner may claim proceeds in excess of the taxes and costs of the sale.
No. Legal title to a tax-defaulted property subject to the Tax Collector's power to sell can be obtained only by becoming the successful bidder at the tax auction. Paying taxes on such property will only serve to remove the parcel from the auction list, benefitting the assessed owner. No California county sells tax lien certificates at this time.
The law requires the Butte County Tax Collector to attempt to notify the current owner(s), all lienholders, and public agencies.
Yes. The legally required notice is published in the Chico Enterprise Record and Oroville Mercury Register three times, in successive seven-day intervals, prior to the tax sale.
The right to pay the taxes in full to avoid the sale of the property ceases at the close of business, 5 pm, on the last business day prior to the sale. There is no extended right of redemption in the State of California, as exists in some other states.
State law dictates that the minimum bid on a tax-defaulted parcel offered by the Tax Collector at a public auction shall be no less than the total amount to redeem the property, plus costs. The minimum bid may be lowered, at the Tax Collector's discretion, if a parcel does not sell for the original minimum bid.
All properties are sold as is so it is very important to be an informed bidder. Prior to the auction, prospective bidders are urged to thoroughly research each property on which they plan to bid. Butte County makes no guarantee, expressed or implied, relative to the title, location or condition of the properties for sale. In addition, the County assumes no responsibility, implied or otherwise, that the properties are in compliance with zoning ordinances, mining and reclamation regulations or that they conform to building codes, permit requirements or any other government regulation.
A title search initiated at the purchaser's expense should reveal any liens or encumbrances of record on a property in the tax sale. Per Revenue and Taxation Code Section 3712: "The deed conveys title to the purchaser free of all encumbrances of any kind existing before the sale, except:
Vacant land has no street (situs) address. The Butte County Assessor's plat maps and map books can determine its approximate geographical location. Improved properties frequently (but not always) will bear a street address, making it easier to determine the general location. Exact boundary lines of a property can be determined only by a survey of the property undertaken at the purchaser's expense.
Butte County Data Search - More information on each parcel is available through Butte County's Geographic Information Systems website.
No expressed or implied warranty is given with respect to the parcels, and they are sold on an "as is" basis. Bidders are responsible for knowing what they are purchasing. The Department of Development Services can provide zoning, General Plan designation, water source and other information. Examine the Butte County Recorder's records for any recorded easements on a property.
Approximately three months prior to a tax auction, a list of eligible properties will be posted to the Treasurer-Tax Collector's website. As properties are removed from the auction, an updated list will be posted. A reoffer auction may also be scheduled within 90 days of an annual tax sale.
Bid4Assets has hosted several of Butte County's tax auctions and will handle all aspects of the bidder registration process. Butte County requires each bidder to submit a deposit of $5000 to Bid4Assets, plus a $35 processing fee, to register for the sale. Details and instructions will be provided by Bid4Assets in mid-May.
The answer to this question is based on the process through Bid4Assets, the tax auction vendor.
Successful bidders must pay by cashier's check, wire transfer or electronic funds transfer within three business days after the sale closes. In addition to the purchase price, the documentary stamp tax ($0.55 per $500 of the purchase price) is required. Only a successful bidder has the opportunity to purchase County assets. If the successful bidder defaults, under California State Law, County cannot resort to the second highest bidder, and will be required to take appropriate legal action against the bidder who defaults.
The vesting on the tax deed will be as listed on the Deed Information form you will complete as a successful bidder. We cannot advise you in this area, but some of the most common ways in which property is vested are listed below. You may wish to consult an attorney. If you would like the property to be deeded to a trust, you will need to supply the name, date and trustees of the trust.
The successful bidder may generally take possession after the tax deed to purchase the property has been recorded. Successful purchasers should contact their attorney for information regarding possession. Most title companies will not insure title on properties sold at public auction for at least one year after the tax deed has been recorded. Legal action to challenge a tax sale must be commenced within one year of the tax recording date.
This is a civil matter that could involve eviction proceedings or a disposition of personal belongings. You may wish to seek private legal advice.
The former owner has one year, from the date of recording of the tax deed, to challenge the validity of the tax sale (Revenue and Taxation code 177, 3725 and 3726). Please be advised that most title companies will not insure title on property purchased at a tax sale for at least one year after the recordation of the tax deed. A tax sale certificate or quiet title action may be necessary in order to clear title after the one year period.
The County of Butte makes no guarantees, express or implied, relative to the title, location, condition, right of legal access to, or permitted use of, the parcels offered for sale. The County provides no assurance that the properties are in compliance with zoning ordinances, that they conform to building codes or permit requirements, or that the situs address is correct. Parcels offered for sale may contain hazardous wastes, toxic substances, or other substances regulated by federal, state, and local agencies. The County makes no assurance, implied or otherwise, that the parcels are in compliance with federal, state or local laws governing such substances. The County assumes no responsibility, implied or otherwise, for any costs or liability of any kind imposed upon, or voluntarily assumed by, the purchaser, or any other owner, to remediate, clean up, or otherwise bring into compliance according to federal, state, or local environmental laws, any property purchased at this sale. The County assumes no liability for any other possible liens, encumbrances or easements, recorded or not recorded.
It is the purchaser's responsibility to thoroughly research each property and to determine if there are any liens or special assessments, homeowner association requirements, etc. Prospective purchasers are urged to examine the title, location and desirability of the properties available, to their own satisfaction, prior to the sale. It is also the responsibility of the purchaser to determine whether mobile homes are included in the parcel offered for sale. Some bonds, assessments and/or special district liens, which are levied by agencies or offices other than the Treasurer-Tax Collector, may still be outstanding after the tax sale. In addition, the I.R.S. has the option of redeeming, up until 120 days after the sale, any property on which there is an I.R.S. lien recorded.
The owner’s right to redeem the property revives if not sold. The unsold properties will be offered at subsequent tax sales until redeemed or sold. Properties cannot be purchased directly from Butte County outside of an auction or agreement sale process.
Additional information on each parcel and links to other resources will be available through Bid4Assets.
Be sure you want the property before you bid. All sales are final and there are absolutely no refunds. If you default, under California State Law, the County cannot resort to the second highest bidder and will be required to take legal action against you. Failure to consummate the sale within the specified time shall result in the forfeiture of any deposit made and all rights that the purchaser may have had with respect to the property. Failure to consummate the sale will also bar the bidder from participating in future tax sales in Butte County.
To determine whether there are outstanding assessments or liens against the property requires researching the Official Records of the County Recorder's Office. Title insurance companies can also provide this service.
Please Note: The Butte County Recorder's Office does not provide property searches. Anyone interested in locating recorded property information is welcome to do so in their office during business hours and research the records. You can also conduct online research by utilizing the Official Records section of their website.
Generally, Sections 177 and 3725 et. seq. of the Revenue and Taxation Code limit the time to commence an action to one year from the recording of the tax deed.
The term "unsecured" refers to property that can be relocated and is not real estate. The tax is assessed against such things as business equipment, fixtures, boats, and airplanes. If the unsecured tax is not paid, a personal lien is filed against the owner, not the property.
The Assessor establishes the value of unsecured property on January 1. This date is often referred to as the tax lien date.
An unsecured tax bill covers a fiscal year. The fiscal year begins July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following calendar year.
Yes. Disposal of the property after the January 1 lien date does not eliminate your liability. If you sell the property before the unsecured tax bill is issued, make sure you collect an estimated amount for the unsecured tax from the buyer.
Unsecured property tax bills are usually mailed in late July and are due by August 31st. For the 2023 to 2024 fiscal year, they will be mailed by the end of July and will be due by August 31, 2023.
For information regarding payment plan options for delinquent unsecured property taxes, contact the Central Collections Division at 530-552-3710 or send an email to Collections.
Approximately 110 Palermo parcels are already hooked up to SFWPA’s water system in Palermo receiving full water service benefits. The Palermo Clean Water Consolidation Project will provide new accounts that connect to the SFWPA water system with a safe reliable water supply. This will also address groundwater pollution issues and eliminate concerns about wells going dry during multi-year droughts.
Palermo residents can stay abreast of the Project status by reviewing the information available on the Palermo Clean Water Consolidation Project Page, and by attending periodic community Town Hall meetings to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Palermo customers interested in connecting to the SFWPA water system can provide a signed Letter of Interest to the project partners (see the Palermo Clean Water Consolidation Project Page). Participating customers will not be required to destroy their wells, however, they are encouraged to take advantage of grant funds to do so as part of the project implementation process. If at a future time the well is inactive and is required to be destroyed, these customers will be required to pay the costs to properly destroy their domestic wells out-of-pocket.
Palermo residents who do not connect to the SFWPA water system using available grant funds would be responsible for all SFWPA water system connection costs in the future including paying the SFWPA water connection fee. Estimated costs based on 2021 data and information are outlined further for your information.
For a parcel already within the SFWPA service area, the total cost for a domestic connection to the SFWPA water system would be $6,108 as follows:
The SFWPA Fee Subtotal amounts to $6,108.
For a parcel that must be annexed into the SFWPA service area, the total cost for domestic connection would be $12,108 as follows:
The Outside Agency Fees amounts to $6,000.
SFWPA Fee Subtotal plus the Outside Agency Fees amounts to $12,108.
Yes, however for us to prepare an accurate project cost estimate for the grant, it is best that we confirm how many parcels want to connect to the SFWPA water system. There is no guarantee that grant funds will be available to Palermo customers who do not sign the SFWPA Letter of Interest in advance of the grant funding application process. It is recommended that Palermo customers sign the SFWPA Letter of Interest now so that your parcel can be included and listed in the grant funding application. This will ensure the highest chance of success to secure grant funds for your SFWPA water system connection costs.
Palermo accounts would receive the following benefits for connecting to the SFWPA water system and becoming a SFWPA water customer:
Palermo customers who are located on either side of the street along the project boundary will be provided with the opportunity to participate in the Project. It is preferred that Letters of Interest be signed by these customers in advance of project construction so that grant funds can be secured to connect those customers to the SFWPA water system.
There would be no out-of-pocket costs for signing up now with the Letter of Interest. Customers will be contacted when grant funds are available to verify their interest in hooking up to the SFWPA water system through the project before construction begins.
The majority of Palermo accounts would pay the SFWPA residential monthly water service charge for a three-quarter-inch meter plus pay $0.42 per billing unit of water used. The 2021 monthly service charge is $19.00 per month. The billing unit is one CCF (one hundred cubic foot) which is equivalent to 748 gallons of water. The current average monthly water bill for Palermo customers already connected to the SFWPA system is approximately $35 per month based on 2021 water rates and average monthly water use of 36 CCF. Future water charges will be based on SFWPA-adopted water rates and customer water usage.
SFWPA is focusing on four key strategic initiatives for 2022. These include 1) Water System Efficiency, 2) Water Supply Reliability, 3) Sustainable Infrastructure and 4) Update Utility Rate Planning. This focused effort will help the SFWPA balance infrastructure and regulatory needs in support of its Mission Statement to deliver a dependable supply of safe, quality drinking water to its current and future customers.
Please sign the Letter of Interest for connection to the SFWPA water system as soon as possible so that grant funds for connecting your account to the SFWPA water system can be included in the grant funding applications. This is not a final decision for or against participation in the project. But submitting a letter of interest now helps strengthen the funding application by showing community support for the project.
This occurs when the groundwater levels fall below the depth of the pump or the bottom of the well. You will need to contact a licensed contractor who can assess your situation and give you options. The Wellowner website has a Contractor Lookup Tool.
If you have the ability to store water or purchase a storage tank, be sure to use only licensed water haulers for delivery of safe, clean potable water. A list of licensed water haulers in Butte County and surrounding counties can be found in the section above. A Complete List of Licensed Water Haulers can be found on the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) website.
Depth to groundwater for monitoring wells in your area can be viewed on the California's Groundwater Live website. Use the map to find a monitoring well near you. If you know the total depth of your well, where it is screened, and how deep your pump sits in the borehole then you can compare that information to local groundwater conditions to gauge your risk for running into well troubles.
Additionally there are 2 real-time multi-completion groundwater level monitoring wells currently transmitting data:
Groundwater level monitoring occurs throughout the year. Results and summaries are provided in the Department's Groundwater Status Report. Call our department at 530-552-3595 if you have questions about groundwater conditions.
Annual well maintenance is highly recommended. Have your well serviced to check pump performance, depth to water, and the depth of your pump. Butte County has put together a Domestic Wells Pamphlet (PDF) to help property owners navigate well maintenance.
Knowing the total depth and general construction of your well can help you anticipate how your well may respond in drought conditions. This information can be found on a Well Log that was filled out at the time your well was drilled or may be available from the pump company which performed the installation. We recommend always having your well log on hand, especially during dry times.
A copy of your Well Log, also known as a Well Completion Report, is available from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) - Northern Region Office. This will give you more information about your well including its construction details, total depth and casing and screening information. Well information is available online at no charge via the Well Completion Report Mapping Application. If you are unable to find the report using the online application, you may request one by filling out and submitting a Well Completion Report Request Form (PDF), a fee may be charged. For more information contact the Northern Region office by email or by calling 530-529-7368.
If DWR cannot locate your Well Log, you may also request your well depth information and Well Log from the Butte County Public Health Department Environmental Health Division. Call them at 530-552-3880.