Public Works
Welcome to the Butte County Department of Public Works, serving its residents since 1850. The Public Works Department maintains approximately 1,300 miles of roadways, including over 500 bridges and drainage structures and more than 18,000 road signs. Our goal is to provide you with the best customer service possible. If you are unable to find what you are looking for on our website, please call our office for more personal service.
Engineering Division

The Engineering Division is composed of several different sections - Bridges, Construction, Road Design,Traffic, Permits, and Pavement Management

Bridges Section

Responsible for the design of new bridges, and oversight of the maintenance of existing bridges. The Bridge Section oversees more than 500 structures within County right-of-way ranging from bridges to culverts. Approximately 255 of these structures are managed in conjunction with the Federal Highway Bridge Program (HBP). This program provides an opportunity for funding the replacement and or rehabilitation of many structures in the County that have been deemed Functionally Obsolete or Structurally Deficient. Progress is continually being made maintaining and upgrading the current state of the bridges within the County through the administration of various construction contracts and the diligent efforts put forth by the County Bridge Maintenance Crew.

Construction Section

The Construction section is responsible for delivering quality transportation projects within the County Right of Way and at the Neal Road Landfill. Construction personnel are responsible for the contract administration including regulations and specifications related to labor and civil rights, all safety related activities, compiling and maintaining project records and ensuring that the materials utilized in the work and the completed work comply with the plans, specifications and design criteria. Construction personnel also inspect private works for the Butte County Land Development Division to ensure that these projects are constructed to Butte County Standards. .

Road Design Section

The Road Design Section employs a staff of civil engineers and engineering technicians who plan and design the County public works road projects, along with preparing the final plans, specifications, and estimates to receive bids for the construction of such projects. The Road Design Section also prepares grant applications and administers federal and state grants, processes environmental clearances and regulatory permitting required in addition to overseeing County traffic engineering functions and consulting engineer services. The Road Design Section also lends it’s expertise to reviewing development studies and the planning and design of many of the miscellaneous projects listed in the County's capital improvement program.

Traffic Section

The Traffic Engineering Section performs a variety of duties. To maintain safe streets, the assigned Road Design staff investigates residents' and board members’ requests regarding neighborhood traffic concerns, respond to general traffic requests, manage the City’s signal systems projects, analyze, prepare, and review planning studies for future growth, maintain traffic databases and accident investigation records, in addition to conducting traffic counts, speed studies, and accident frequency analysis. This is accomplished by implementing policies as set fourth in the California Vehicle Code (CVC), the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Traffic Collision Mapping

View data collected on Collisions throughout the County.

Traffic Speed Studies

View data resulting from Traffic Speed Studies done in Butte County.

Traffic Calming

Learn more about the different methods for calming traffic works and the process behind it.

County Bikeway Master Plan

View the County Bikeway Master Plan here.


The Engineering Division is responsible for permits including Encroachment Permits, Transportation Permits, and Utility Permits.  Visit the Permits page for more information.

Pavement Management

Public Works maintains a Pavement Management System to collect conditions of County maintained roads for analytical purposes.




Apply for Permits  Projects  Road Closure

Report Issues  GIS Maps  

 Locations and Hours

Butte County Public Works
7 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA 95965

Regular hours 7:30am to 4:00pm.  Closed all holidays.

Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility
1023 Neal Road
Paradise, CA 95969

Regular hours 7:00am to 4:00pm

Monday thru Sunday

New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving day, Christmas day: Closed

 Contact Public Works

Butte County Public Works
Phone:    530.538.7681
Fax:        530.538.7171


Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility

Phone:    530.345.4917
Fax:        530.645.1820


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Public Works

7 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Joshua Pack, Director

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