Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Ordinance

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ToolHouseConstruction and Demolition (C&D) debris constitutes approximately 40% of waste generated.  In response to State-mandated waste reduction goals and as a part of the City’s efforts to increase diversion, the City adopted the Construction and Demolition Ordinance.  

The C&D Ordinance Applies to the Following Projects:

  • Residential Addition:  1,000 ft2 or more
  • Non-residential Addition: 1,000 ft2 or more with permit valuation of $200,000
  • Tenant Improvement:  3,000 ft2 or more
  • New Structure:  1,000 ft2 or more
  • Demolition:  1,000 ft2 or more
  • Reroof of 5,000 ft2 or more
  • Any additions, improvements, construction or demolition with an estimated value of $100,000 or more

Roofing Projects of 5,000 ftor less are exempt. 

Project Requirements:

  1. Before the construction and/or demolition work, submit a Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan with project plans to the Building and Safety Division for Approval.
  2. Defer to the Before Project Webpage
  3. Submit the “Diversion Security Deposit” (maximum $30,000)
  • Demolition:  6% of project valuation
  • Construction or Addition (Single Family):  2% of project valuation 
  • All other projects:  3% of project valuation

       3. At project completion: submit a Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan Compliance Report with ORIGINAL facility tags within 6 months of certificate of occupancy. 

       4. Allow 4-6 weeks for refund processing.

Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan - Before Construction

Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan Compliance Report - After Project Finalized

To obtain a Security Deposit Refund 

  1. Divert 65% of the project's estimated debris 
  2. Debris must be taken to a certified mixed debris recycling facility or a certified recycler
  3. Submit original facility tags (with project address) documenting diversion activities
  4. Deposit waived for projects with deposit of $200 or less
  5. Non-residential additions of 1,000 ftor more and building alterations with a permit valuation of $200,000 or more must recycle universal waste. Universal waste is batteries, cathode, ray tubes, electronic devices, mercury containing equipment, and lamps. 
  6. The applicant must reuse or recycle 100% of all trees, stumps, rocks, assorted vegetation from land clearing. Original facility receipt documenting the reuse or recycling of material is required. 

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