Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Private Water Wells: Residential & Agricultural

A modern water well is an engineered and constructed method of delivering groundwater for drinking, irrigation, and other purposes. In California, permitting authority over well drilling activities rests with the local well permitting agency. In Butte County, the permitting agency is Environmental Health, and all wells must be drilled and constructed under permit. Environmental Health permits both domestic and agricultural wells. California Water Code requires that any construction, alteration or destruction work done on a well shall be performed by a licensed C-57 Water Well Contractor.

Water Well Ordinance

Water Well Manual

Applications and Supporting Documents

Applications may be submitted via this email

Well Application Packet
Disinfection Statement
Agent Authorization Form

Permit Process Overview (During N-7-22)

Exploratory Hole or Boring

Fee Schedule & Requirements

Additional Documents for Agricultural Wells

Adjacent Property Owner Notification Form
Ag Well Permit Acknowledgement Form

Well Permits in Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concern Areas

VOC Fact Sheet
VOC Area Map
VOC Area Well Permit Disclosure Form

Forms  E-TRAKIT  Food Inspection Reports

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Butte County Environmental Health
Phone: 530.552.3880
TTY: 530.538.6588
Fax: 530.538.5339

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Butte County Environmental Health
202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Except Holidays

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Public Health Department

202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Report a Health Emergency
24-Hour Line: 530.552.4000

Danette York, MPH, Director
Dr. David Canton, Health Officer

Public Health Leadership Team