Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

Dead Trees Become Fuel for Wildfire

Tiny insect creatures—bark beetles—and drought are a deadly combination. Together they are killing millions of trees, greatly increasing the risk of wildfire in California.

Do you have Bark Beetles?

Check out this information provided by readyforwildfire.org if you think bark beetles may be infesting trees on your property. Contact Dave Derby, Forester with CALFIRE / Butte County Fire at 530.872.6334 if you have questions or would like an evaluation for trees on your property.

Property Tax Relief for Properties Damaged or Destroyed by Fire

Property tax relief may be available to those taxpayers whose properties have been damaged or destroyed by the Saddle Fire. The Revenue and Taxation Code provides that if a calamity such as a fire, flooding, earthquake or wind damages or destroys taxable property and the county has passed an ordinance that allows property tax relief to owners of damaged or destroyed property, the property owner may be eligible for property tax relief. The property will be reappraised to reflect its damaged condition and the taxes will be refunded. When the property is rebuilt, provided it is rebuilt in a like or similar manner, the values return to the pre-damaged state as if no calamity had occurred. This property tax relief is available to owners of real property, business equipment and fixtures, orchards and agricultural groves, boats, aircraft and certain mobilehomes, but not property that is not assessed on the property tax rolls.

If you believe you may qualify for calamity relief due to fire damage or any other type of calamity relief, contact the Butte County Assessor’s Office at 530.538.7721 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or by email assessorsoffice@buttecounty.net. Calamity claims must be filed within one year of the date of the damage.


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Child Abuse
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24 Hour Domestic Violence Help
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Elder Abuse

Children Mental Health Crisis
800.371.4373 or

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800.334.6622 or

Victim/Witness Program
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