Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 4-7-21



Single Family Homes in Development

1,594 Building Permit Applications Received

1,446 Building Permits issued

728  Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Homes in Development

307 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received


  • 47 Duplexes

  • 1 Triplex

  • 14 Developments with 4-10 units

  • 4 Developments with 10-30 units

  • 3 Developments with 30+ units

    *Each “unit” represents a home for a family in Paradise

299 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

121  Multi-Family Unit Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

If you are a multi-family housing developer and wish to meet with the Town, please call Katie Simmons, Disaster Recovery Director, at 530.872.6291 x 153, or email



38,157 Hazardous Trees Marked*

21,695 Trees Felled

57% Complete

Butte County

53,277 Hazardous Trees Marked*

24,407 Trees Felled

46% Complete

*Enrolled properties are still being assessed.

If you are enrolled in the Government Hazard Tree Program and have questions about your property, please call 530.767.7011 or 530.767.7012.

If you are enrolled in the Private Program and your property has not been cleared, or you have not enrolled in any program, call the Tree Advocates at 530.872.6291 x162 or 163 to discuss your options before the Town begins court-ordered hazardous tree removal proceedings. Please note, hazardous tree court-ordered removal will be expensive and time-consuming for property owners and may place a lien on properties. Please call the Town today for your eligible hazardous tree removal options.


Provided by the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce: Every week, we will spotlight a business in Paradise to encourage shopping locally and supporting economic recovery in Paradise – and maybe uncover a business you haven’t heard of before! This week, we’re focusing on Ponderosa Gardens Motel, Inc.  The Ponderosa Gardens Motel, Inc. is nestled in the heart of Paradise and conveniently located close to restaurants, local stores, and the town’s yearly recreational events, making it an excellent place to stay and recommend to those who are visiting the Ridge. The motel offers easy access to the Yellowstone Kelly Heritage Trail and offers a jacuzzi, a personal patio, a pool, and a lovely night’s rest.

The Ponderosa Gardens Motel is located at 7010 Skyway, Paradise. Call (530) 872-9094 to reserve your stay or for more information.

Thinking of opening a business in Paradise? The Town of Paradise offers Business Development meetings for prospective business owners to go over the process of opening a business in Paradise.  Call Colette Curtis at (530) 872-6291 x112 or email her at to schedule an appointment.


Funding Options for those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire

  1. NEW – Grants Up to $200,000 Available for those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire

    The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently announced the Disaster Housing Assistance Survey for survivors of the 2018 wildfire disasters is now open. Homes damaged or destroyed by the Camp Fire may be eligible for up to $200,000; and low- to moderate-income households will receive priority.

    If you are a disaster survivor and wish to see if you qualify for the ReCoverCA Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (OOR Program), start by taking the 2018 Disaster Housing Assistance survey available at  If you need assistance with the survey, contact Butte County OOR Case Managers Brittney Murray or Glen Johnson at (916) 202-1764.

  2. Up to $150,000 in low-interest, deferred Loans for homeowners (can be used even if insurance funds and/or FEMA funds have been spent)

    The Town of Paradise offers deferred, low-interest loans to low and moderate income households rebuilding after the Camp Fire. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here or call the Town’s Housing Department at (530) 872-6291 x122. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.


RSVP for the Virtual FAIR Plan Stakeholder Discussion – April 15 at 1:30 PM

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the Rebuild Paradise Foundation are hosting a discussion about the CA FAIR Plan on Thursday April 15, 2021, at 1:30 PM.  As the CA FAIR Plan is being used more widely, please come learn how the program has been evolving and hear from people on the ground. Experts from the Department of Insurance, the CA FAIR Plan and the insurance industry will be available to answer your questions. Register in advance for the discussion here.

Temporary Closure of Dogtown Road for Hazard Tree Removal Operations

Dogtown Road will have a full road closure between Cedar Lake Drive and Skyway with no through traffic from Wednesday, April 14th until Monday, April 26th from 7AM until 5PM Monday through Saturday. The closure is necessary to perform Hazard Tree Removal Operations.


Paradise Forest Management Plan Requesting Input

The Forest Management Plan represents a collaboration of partners from Butte County Fire Safe Council, Cal Fire, Butte County Resource Conservation District, and Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. The Forest Management Plan was designed after the 2018 Camp Fire knowing the importance of defining management objectives that are socially, environmentall,y and ecologically responsible as Paradise rebuilds and reforests the land. This plan is unique in that it was developed to inform and assist policy makers and guide community members through roles and responsibilities in the long-term health of the forest in Paradise.

Comments are request by April 12th, 2021.

Paradise Recreation and Park District Announces Temporary Closure of Bille Park for Hazard Tree Removal

Bille Park is currently closed to remove remaining hazardous trees, and the Paradise Recreation and Park District anticipates that park will be closed until mid-April, weather permitting. The project is part of the government tree removal program administered by the California Office of Emergency Services and Cal Recycle. The park will remain closed to the public for all public uses until April 15, 2021 with the possibility of earlier opening if the work is completed.


Septic System Evaluator Training April 15, 2021/Testing April 29, 2021

Septic system evaluators and pumpers require a special business license from the Town of Paradise which includes classroom training and testing. Those who successfully complete both are eligible to apply for a septic evaluator business license. If you are interested in becoming a licensed septic evaluator or pumper in the Town of Paradise please contact our Onsite Wastewater Division staff by calling (530) 872-6291 ext. 411 to get more information on the training and testing. Virtual Classes (Required) will be available on April 15, 2021 from 1-4pm and In-Person Testing (1-hr appointments) will be April 29, 2021 from 8am-4pm.

Sewer Regionalization Project Advisory Committee Meeting in April

Please join us at the April 12th meeting at 1 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting with more information to come. Please watch for more information. 


Paradise Sign Rebuild Permit Approved

The project consists of replacement of the “Paradise Welcome” sign that was destroyed in the Camp Fire. Trades needed include concrete, steel, reconditioning, and installation of original Saw Blade Halo, manufacture and installation of wood, painting and crane rigging. The RFP is now out and available for those who are interested in working on the project.


Rediscover the Ridge Video Released

Rediscover the Ridge is a collaboration between Ridge-centric businesses and recreation-based organization who are working to address the scarred perception that non-residents hold of the Camp Fire affected areas. Made possible through generous support and shared vision of North Valley Community Foundation, Butte Strong Fund, Paradise Rotary Foundation and community stakeholders. Learn more and watch a short video at


Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center Open to the Public 

Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center (BRC), both on Skyway are open to the public. Town Hall and Town Meetings are open to the public with limited seating and social distancing procedures in place. The BRC is accepting walk-ins and individuals are requested to ring the bell located by the front doors to enter. This will ensure social distancing requirements can be met.

The Town is also available by phone. Please call (530) 872-6291 for existing appointments or to schedule a new appointment.

Below 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     

Have questions regarding your rebuild? Rebuild Advocates are here to help!  

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 x429 x430 to make an in-person (depending on COVID status) or phone appointment today!

Launch of the Home Builders Resource Connection Online Plan Room

The Rebuild Paradise Foundation (RPF) and Valley Contractors Exchange (VCE) have partnered to launch Home Builders Resource Connection Online Plan Room! This FREE tool is intended to connect the dots between those looking to rebuild after the devastating fires Butte County has experienced in 2018 and 2020 and contractors that can perform this work. To learn more about the Online Plan Room, please visit or contact VCE at (530) 343-1981.


Make it Paradise Newsletter

This newsletter is designed to keep you informed of the ongoing recovery efforts as we rebuild Paradise.  Each week you will receive a newsletter with events, current numbers (building permits, etc.), current topics and a weekly Q&A.

Occasionally, we may send out an extra newsletter pertaining to an upcoming event or important information.