Butte County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.





Tips for Landlords and Store Owners

Tips for Store Owners:

Tired of crime? As a business owner, you may deal with theft on an ongoing basis. What you may not know is that much of that crime is related to methamphetamine addiction and production. Addicts will steal everyday items, but they will also steal or purchase ingredients to make meth. Your business may sell meth ingredients and you don't even know it. That's because many of the ingredients are common household products like paint thinner, drain cleaner, and lithium batteries. For a poster that includes a complete list of ingredients, Download Store Owners Poster.

If your establishment sells products containing meth precursors, you need to know the applicable California Law:

No retailer may sell in a single transaction more than three packages or nine grams of a product containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, norpseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine. Pediatric liquid products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, norpseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine are exempt from the three package or nine gram sales limit.


If you believe a customer may be buying ingredients for meth production, you can make a report to law enforcement. Download Suspicious Transaction Report Remember, you can be the eyes and ears for law enforcement and be part of reducing crime in our community.

Tips for Landlords:

Did you know you could be sued if your property is home to drug traffic?

Did you know your lender could foreclose on your property if you are knowingly allowing drug trafficking on your property?

Did you know that if your property has been used as a meth lab,  you are responsible for the clean up as required by California State AB 1078? Click here for a copy of Assembly bill 1078 (Keene)

A significant number of methamphetamine laboratories are found on or in rental properties in Butte County. This creates dangers for innocent neighbors, future tenants, and the landlords themselves.


Tips for Tenants:

Did you know that living in a rental which was once used as meth lab home could negatively affect your health?

Did you know that you have rights to protect yourself from living on a rental property that allows drug trafficking?

If you have an apartment complex in your community where drug dealing is occurring, you may have found that simply making arrests has not closed the drug market. What else could be done? Why is this problem occurring? What conditions facilitate the drug market's operations, and what remedies will work best?

A guidebook published by the US Department of Justice could help you address these issues. It describes the types of drug markets found in apartment complexes and provides questions to ask when analyzing those markets. It suggests ways to encourage property owners to take more responsibility for problems. Finally, it summarizes the full range of measures you can use to address drug markets in apartment complexes.

Download Drug Dealing In Privately Owned Apartment Complex Brochure

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Sheriff's Office

Phone: 530.538.7321

Jail: 530.538.7471

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 Locations & Hours

Sheriff's Office
5 Gillick Way
Oroville, CA 95965

Chico Substation
479 E. Park Ave
Chico, CA 95928

Magalia Substation
14166 Skyway
Magalia, CA 95954

Office Hours:

Civil Division
M-Th - 8:00am to 4:30pm
F - 8:00am - 1:00pm

Records Division
M-F - 8:00am to 4:30pm