Paradise Rebuilding & Recovery: $1 million for permit fees

A $150,000 grant will provide funding for more volunteer efforts through the Paradise Adventist Church and Maranatha Volunteers International.

Posted: Apr 15, 2020 1:34 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Paradise High varsity football coach Rick Prinz was named the California Coaches Association's football coach of the year!

Prinz was awarded on April 14 for the 2019-2020 season and said he found out last month about the honor.

This is the first time a Northern Section football coach has received the honor from the CCA.

In more good news, the Butte Strong Fund committed a $1 million grant to help in continuing to pay permit fees for primary residences in the Town, as well as provide incentives for rebuilding rentals and multi-family housing.

This grant from the fund includes the following:

  • Pay 50% of building permit fees (excluding plan check fees) for a single residence, up to $3,500.
  • Grants for Rebuild Paradise Master Planned residences up to 100% of permit fees (excluding plan check fees) up to $3,500
  • Grants for garages (up to 700 sqft) associated with MH Advantage Manufactured Homes for 100% of permit fees (excluding plan check fees)
  • Gives priority to rebuilding primary residences, with $250,000 used for second residences or multi-family structures, and 750,000for primary residences.

You can learn about the Rebuild Incentive Program by visiting the Development Services Department at the Building Resiliency Center, or by calling 872-6291, ext. 411.

For last week's town update, CLICK HERE.

Statistics Update

  • 917 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 750 Building Permits issued
  • 106 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • Camp Fire Shed Project: A $150,000 grant will provide funding for more volunteer efforts through the Paradise Adventist Church and Maranatha Volunteers International. This grant will help in the building and delivery of 400 storage sheds to people who live throughout the burn scar. The project directly benefits people who lost their homes, are living in the RVs and who intend to rebuild.
  • Coronavirus Information Line: Butte County has set up an information line to keep its residents as informed as possible. The call center will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week for those who call 530-552-3050. You can also text your zip code, weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., to 898211 for information and updates.
  • BRC Open by Appointment Only: If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, you can call 530-872-6291 ext. 411 or email For building or septic questions, you can also call the above mainline number or email the address above. For rebuild advocates, call 530-872-6291 ext. 429 or 430.

RELATED: Vice Mayor of Paradise arrested, faces several charges

  • Closure of Town Hall: Services will continue by phone for the Town Hall. You can contact the correct department by calling the numbers below:
    • General: 530-872-6291 ext. 102
    • Finance: 530-872-6291 ext. 121
    • Code Enforcement: 530-872-6291 ext. 124
    • Housing Loans: 530-872-6291 ext. 122
  • Delivery Task Force: Through Butte County's Department of Employment and Social Services, a Delivery Task Force has been set up for those who have been told to self-isolate or to be in quarantine. This is for those with no support system and are waiting for coronavirus test results or have been confirmed to have the virus. The task force can deliver groceries and prescriptions but payment must be done in advance. If payment assistance is needed, staff will work on getting a prepacked box of food from a local food bank. If you are interested in the delivery service, call 211 or the county's coronavirus call center at 530-552-3050.

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  • Adventist Health's Virtual Services: Adventist Health has launched its virtual services so people can remain seeing doctors but from the safety of their homes. To participate in a virtual visit, a patient needs a computer or phone with a working camera and microphone. Those who have scheduled in-person appointments are being contacted to try and reschedule for a virtual meeting. This is covered by most insurance plans.
  • $2.3 Million Available for Rebuild & Repair Needs: Currently, there is $2.3 million in local, state, and federal funds available to assist eligible households, who were under-insured or not insured, with their housing reconstruction and repairs. These funds are offered as deferred loans. They can be applied towards a variety of housing rehabilitation needs, including reconstruction of a home damaged or destroyed by the fire, correcting unsafe or unsanitary conditions, eliminating code violation, and weatherization and repairs to ensure handicap accessibility when combined with other repairs. For more information, call the Rebuild Advocates at 530-872- 6291 ext. 411. At this time, the advocates are only taking over the phone appointments.
  • Local Businesses: The town has set up a page for local businesses who are being flexible and staying open. For the most up-to-date list of open businesses, CLICK HERE.
  • School Closures: The Butte County Office of Education announced that schools will remain closed to in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. Find more information on the closures, HERE.

RELATED: Rebuilding continues on the ridge but with coronavirus safety protocols

  • Housing Urgency Ordinance: Following the fire, the Paradise Town Council passed an urgency ordinance allowing displaced residents to temporarily live on their property in an RV. This urgency ordinance expires on December 31, 2020. Meaning, beginning January 1, 2021, you must have an active building permit to live on your property in an RV.
  • Hazardous Tree Removal: Hazard trees that could fall on a public or private road are required to be removed. Property owners may enter the Government Tree Program to have the trees removed by the State at no out-of-pocket cost. Enrollment in the Government Tree Program requires a Right-of Entry form. Property owners may also identify and remove hazard trees themselves but must submit an inspection form so an inspector may verify the removal of the hazard trees from the property. Property owners may also call the Tree ROE Center directly at (530) 552-3030 or submit Tree ROEs by email at The Tree ROE is available for download online, HERE. ROE forms may also be picked up at the Tree ROE Center at the Building Resiliency Center at 6295 Skyway in Paradise.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

The town has scheduled its meeting virtually due to the coronavirus.

  • PID Regular Meeting:
    • When: Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.
    • Where: Virtually on Facebook. Watch HERE.
  • Planning Commission Meeting:
    • When: Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m.
    • Where: Livestreamed, HERE.

May's Community Information Meeting will be broadcast live on YouTube. The livestream is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 at 6 p.m.

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