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Monday, January 24, 2022

Butte County’s Small Greenhouses Won’t Require Permits

Oroville — After discussing potentially exempting hoop structures from the permit requirement, the Butte County Board of Supervisors settled on creating a simplified permit for hoop structures without requiring any permits for small greenhouses.

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to allow the Butte County Agriculture Department to regulate home-built hoop structures with simplified permits compared to large, permanent buildings, while smaller greenhouses require no approval. Is.

To build a greenhouse without a permit process, the structure must be a maximum of 120 square feet, although a separate permit is required if the structure has mechanical, electrical or plumbing hookups.

For hoop structures, there is a list of criteria that must be met for construction. Structures cannot be replaced with a pre-fabricated design, the distance traveled for the structure’s exit cannot exceed 75 feet and cannot be used for illegal crop growing.

Other than those rules, electrical or mechanical hookups are not allowed in the structures and no open flames are allowed inside.

Some concerns were circulated regarding whether the county was targeting cannabis or cannabis growers who use cordon structures. Supervisor Tammy Ritter suggested that the county expand its legality of cannabis so that it does not fall under the illegal crop category.

Lucero said he thought the ordinance would potentially make it more difficult for vegetable growers, who would need to purchase permits, but may be wary of doing so.

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“It feels like a punishment in some ways,” Lucero said.

Board chairman Bill Connelly said he favors regulation and permits for security reasons.

“As a former builder my only concern is safety,” Connelly said. “It doesn’t matter whether you buy a used hoop house or get a new one, if you don’t make the ends of it securely, we shouldn’t be allowed to move on. We just shouldn’t . It can bite us.”

During the public comment period, Richard Coon spoke out against the ordinance.

“I’m really concerned as a small grower,” Coon said. “I’m really insisting it’s legal. It’s food—it’s not cannabis. For small growers trying to get into the farmers market to feed Butte County, sometimes they just don’t have a lot of money.” Is. “

The currently adopted greenhouse fee is $781.

Lucero and supervisor Tammy Ritter did not vote on the ordinance. Connelly said the ordinance should come back for an update in a year.

The Butte County Board of Supervisors usually meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 9 a.m. in their chambers located at 25 County Center Drive, Suite 205 in Oroville. The meetings are free and open to the public. Those who have not been fully vaccinated, it is mandatory for them to wear a mask while in the building.

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