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Action News Now continues to provide the latest updates on recovery and rebuilding in the Town of Paradise.

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 12:59 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Action News Now continues to provide the latest updates on recovery and rebuilding in the Town of Paradise.

If you live in the Camp Fire burn scar, you’re running out of time to apply for a program to have trees removed for free.

The deadline to sign up for the FEMA program is Dec. 31. Representatives say the deadline will not be extended. If you don't sign up, you still have to remove any hazardous trees - and that will be at your own expense.

Upcoming Deadlines & Events

  • Private Program "cut by" deadline. By this date, property owners who have contracted with a tree contractor.
    • Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021
  • Government program enrollment deadline. the government program has started removing trees as of Nov. 17.
    • Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • Holiday Drive-In nights
    • When: Friday and Saturday nights in December
    • Where: St. Thomas Moore Parking lot, 767 Elliott Road
    • Learn more:

Statistics Update

  • 1,401 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,239 Building Permits issued
  • 532 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 289 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
  • 234 Multi-Family Permits Issued
  • 70 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • Business Update: Over the last year, Paradise has welcomed new and returning businesses to its community. Recently, Déjà vu Nursery, Tractor Supply Co., and Joy Lynn’s Candies are a few of the more recent additions to Paradise. The Town said it has seen interest increase from businesses looking to open in Paradise. In order to support business owners through the process, Town Staff meets with prospective businesses to walk them through the permitting and opening process to ensure a smooth experience. If you are thinking about opening a business in Paradise, please reach out to the business liaison Colette Curtis at (530) 872-6291 x112 or to schedule a business development meeting.

  • Early Warning System: With the advanced assistance plan completed and approved, the Town is submitting a grant application through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) by the end of the year. Pending approval, construction is estimated to move forward in 2021.
  • Reseeding Program Plan: After an Advanced Assistance HMGP grant approval, the Town will be welcoming proposals in early 2021 from contractors to evaluate and establish next steps for reseeding after tree removal and educating the community on vegetation opportunities. Once a contractor has been established, we anticipate community input and education opportunities throughout 2021. Upon completion of the plan, the Town will seek funding to implement in 2022/2024
  • Broadband Services: The Town says it anticipates its Broadband Feasibility Study to be completed and presented in early 2021. This will answer questions about the possibilities we have for a broadband community and what implementation would
    look like. In the coming years, we will have a focus on establishing implementation opportunities.
  • Paradise Sewer Project: Another milestone in recovery was achieved this week as the Paradise Town Councilmembers present voted unanimously to begin the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Paradise Sewer Project. The Town had previously studied options to construct a sewer in the proposed sewer service area, which includes the primarily commercial areas on Skyway, Pearson and Clark. After review, Council voted to move forward with a regional connection to the City of Chico Water Pollution Control Plant. The EIR is fully funded by a grant from the State Water Board. It is expected the EIR process will take about 18 months to complete.
  • Shop local this holiday season: Visit the Paradise Chamber of Commerce website or social media pages to see a full
    list of local businesses. View their holiday shopping list that highlights great opportunities to support our community while celebrating the holidays. Learn more at 
  • Home Builders Resource Virtual Connection: An opportunity to connect rebuilders with the trades and resources needed to build in the Paradise community is once again taking place, with a virtual change. Companies will become accessible through a 2-minute video shared with community members who attend. A formal launch will be coming soon.
  • Grant Funds and Low-Interest Loans Available for Rebuilding
    • From Rebuild Paradise:
      • Use their mapping tools to coordinate your surveys with neighbors to save
      • Apply for the Missing Middle Grant – save up to $5,000!
      • Apply for the Septic Infrastructure Grant – save up to $7,500!
      • Build a home from the Residential Floor Plan Library – save months of time in
      planning and save money on design costs + fees in permitting.
      • For more information, click here
    • From the Town of Paradise
      • Permit Fee Reduction Grant – Save 50% or $3,500 on permit fees
      • Town Home Reconstruction Program – Low-interest, deferred loan for income-eligible property owners up to $150,000. For more information visit, click here
  • Government Hazard Tree Removal Program deadline Dec. 31: The Government Hazard Tree Removal Program has begun removing trees, marking the next phase of recovery for Paradise after the Camp Fire. The Government Program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the State of California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and CalRecycle and is the first of its kind where trees on private property can be removed through a FEMA funded program. The Government Program has set a deadline to enroll of December
    31, 2020. Property owners in the Camp Fire footprint must remove hazardous trees on their property. To sign up for the Government Program, contact the Tree ROE Center or the Paradise Tree Advocates.
    • Tree ROE Center: Phone: 530.552.3030 Email: Mail: Butte County, Attn: Hazard Tree Removal, PO Box 3390, Chico, CA, 95927-3390
  • Town of Paradise Tree Advocates assistance: The Town of Paradise Tree Advocates can provide personal assistance through this process, if you are enrolled in the Private Program, the Government Program, or don’t know where to start. Tree Advocates can be reached at or by calling 530.872.6291 x 162 or 163.
  • Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center open by appointment: Due to the change to the purple Tier in Butte County, Town Hall, and the BRC are open by appointment only. Please call (530) 872-6291 for existing appointments or to schedule a new appointment. Here are the extensions for assistance: 
    • Business and Housing x126 or x130
    • Code Enforcement x110
    • Finance Department x121
    • Tree Advocates x162 or x163
    • Building Resiliency Center x411
    • General Information x101
  • Are you a new property owner in Paradise? If you are rebuilding, we want to make sure you are informed on lot of upkeep during the process. Please contact the Town of Paradise if you have any questions regarding weed or tree removal on your property. If you wish to have your hazardous trees removed in the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program, please call the Tree ROE Center at 530.552.3030.
  • Have questions regarding your rebuild? If you need help navigating the rebuild process, the Town of Paradise has Rebuild Advocates available to assist. They can help with the following: Navigating insurance, FEMA or SBA, understanding additional financing options, selecting a contractor, submitting plants, or any part of the rebuild process. They are available at the Building Resiliency Center by appointment only. Please call 530.872.6291 x411 to make an in-person (depending on COVID status) or phone appointment today!

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