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Butte County Emergency Housing Information

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Summary: Unincorporated Butte County residents who own a damaged or destroyed property that is on a parcel larger than one acre can move a temporary dwelling on to their property immediately and before debris cleanup is complete as long as they can remain 100ft away from the structural fire debris.  Unincorporated Butte County residents who own a damaged or destroyed property that is on a parcel less than one acre cannot move on to their property until after Phase 2 cleanup has been certified as complete. An exception can be requested for properties less than one acre if it can be demonstrated that a 100ft distance from structural debris can be maintained.  A temporary administrative permit is required for all temporary dwellings.

Additional Details:

  • The ordinance allows property owners to place a temporary dwelling onto a property that is one (1) acre in size or greater and that contains a residence that was damaged or destroyed by the Camp Fire.
    • Property owners must obtain a permit
    • A temporary dwelling is a recreational vehicle or movable tiny house not on a permanent foundation
    • Up to two temporary dwellings may be placed on properties damaged or destroyed by the Camp Fire until Dec. 31, 2020
    • If the property has not been cleared of fire debris and hazardous materials, the location of any temporary residence must be at least one hundred (100) feet from the fire debris and hazardous materials and the temporary residence need not be hooked up to utilities.
      • The approved ordinance allows for administrative discretion on the 100 ft requirement to allow temporary housing on properties less than 1 acre.
    • Once the property has been cleared of fire debris and hazardous materials, the temporary residence must be hooked up to utilities within ninety (90) days.
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