Government tree removal program deadline Dec. 31

PARADISE, California – Action News Now continues to provide the latest updates on restoration and rebuilding in the City of Paradise.

If you live in the burn scar of the campfire, there is no time to apply for a program that removes trees for free.

The deadline for enrolling in the FEMA program is December 31st. Representatives say the deadline will not be extended. If you don’t sign up, you will still have to remove dangerous trees – at your own expense.

Upcoming dates & events

  • Private program “shortens” the deadline. By that date, property owners who have signed a contract with a tree contractor.
  • Registration deadline for government programs. The government program began removing trees on November 17th.
    • Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • Holiday drive-in nights
    • When: Friday and Saturday evenings in December
    • Where: St. Thomas Moore Parking Lot, 767 Elliott Road
    • More information:

Statistics update

  • 1,401 building permit applications received
  • 1,239 building permits issued
  • 532 converted houses (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 past year, Paradise has added new and returning businesses to its community. Lately, Déjà vu Nursery, Tractor Supply Co., and Joy Lynn’s Candies are some of the most recent additions to Paradise. The city said interest from businesses looking to open in paradise has increased. To assist business owners with this process, the city’s staff meet with prospective businesses to guide them through the approval and opening process and ensure a smooth experience. If you are considering starting a business in paradise please contact Colette Curtis Business Liaison at (530) 872-6291 x112 or [email protected] to plan a business development meeting.

  • Early warning system: After the expanded assistance plan is finalized and approved, the city will submit a grant application through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) by the end of the year. Construction is expected to proceed in 2021 until approval is granted.
  • Reseeding program plan: Upon approval of an HMGP Advanced Support Grant, the city will welcome proposals from contractors in early 2021 to assess and determine the next steps for reseeding after tree removal and educate the community about vegetation opportunities. Once a contractor is established, we anticipate community contribution and education opportunities throughout 2021. Upon completion of the plan, the city will apply for funding for implementation in 2022/2024
  • Broadband services: The city expects the broadband feasibility study to be completed and submitted in early 2021. This will answer questions about the capabilities of a broadband community and how to implement them
    look like. In the years to come, we will focus on creating implementation opportunities.
  • Paradise Sewer Project: Another recovery milestone was reached this week when the Paradise council members in attendance unanimously voted to begin the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Paradise Sewer Project. The city had previously explored options for building a sewer in the proposed sewer service area, which includes the primarily commercial areas on Skyway, Pearson and Clark. After the review, the council voted to promote a regional link to the Chico city water pollution control facility. The EIR is fully funded by a grant from the State Water Board. The EIR process is expected to take around 18 months.
  • Shop locally during this holiday season: Visit the Paradise Chamber of Commerce website or social media pages for a full list
    List of local businesses. Check out their Holiday Shopping List, which highlights great ways to help our community celebrate the holidays. Learn more at
  • Virtual connection of the Home Builders resource: With a virtual change, there is another opportunity to connect rebuilders with the trades and resources needed to build in the Paradise community. Companies are made accessible through a 2-minute video that is shared with the community members present. A formal start will take place shortly.
  • Grant funds and low-interest loans available for reconstruction
    • From the reconstruction paradise:
      • Use the mapping tools to coordinate your polls with the neighbors you want 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 house from the residential floor plan library – save you months in time
      Planning and saving of design costs + approval fees.
      • For more informations, Click here
    • From the city of paradise
      • Approval Fee Reduction Grant – Save 50% or $ 3,500 on approval fees
      • Town Home Reconstruction Program – Low-interest, deferred income earning homeowner loan up to $ 150,000. For more information visit, Click here
  • Government Danger Tree Removal Program Deadline December 31: The Government Danger Tree Removal Program has begun tree removal and marks the next phase of restoration for Paradise after the camp fire. The government program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and CalRecycle of the State of California. It is the first of its kind to allow trees to be removed from private land through a FEMA funding program. The government program has set a registration deadline for December
    31, 2020. Camp Fire footprint property owners must remove dangerous trees on their property. To sign up for the government program, contact the Tree ROE Center or Paradise Tree Advocates.
    • Tree ROE Center: Phone: 530.552.3030 Email: [email protected] Email: Butte County, Attn: Hazard Tree Removal, PO Box 3390, Chico, CA, 95927-3390
  • Town of Paradise Tree Advocates of Support: The Town of Paradise Tree Advocates can provide personal assistance with this process if you are enrolled in the private program, the government program or if you don’t know where to start. Tree Advocates can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 530.872.6291 x 162 or 163.
  • The town hall and the Building Resiliency Center are open by appointment: Due to the switch to the purple animal in Butte County, City Hall and the BRC are only open by appointment. Please call (530) 872-6291 to make an existing appointment or to schedule a new appointment. Here are the extensions to help:
    • Business and Housing x126 or x130
    • Code Enforcement x110
    • Finance Department x121
    • Tree Advocates x162 or x163
    • Building the Resiliency Center x411
    • General information x101
  • Are you a new owner in paradise? Whenever you create a new one, we want to make sure that you are aware of a lot of maintenance during the process. Please contact the City of Paradise with any questions regarding weed or tree removal from your property. If you would like your dangerous trees to be removed as part of the state’s Hazard Tree Removal program, please call the Tree ROE Center at 530.552.3030.
  • Do you have any questions about your conversion? If you need help navigating the recovery process, reconstruction lawyers are available in the City of Paradise. They can be helpful in doing the following: navigating insurance, FEMA, or SBA, understanding additional funding options, selecting a contractor, submitting attachments, or part of the recovery process. They are only available by appointment at the Building Resiliency Center. Please call 530.872.6291 x411 to arrange a personal (depending on the COVID status) or telephone appointment today!

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