Deconstruction, Demolition & Diversion Program

In accordance Chapter 15.25 of the City Code of Ordinances, 100% of inert solids, and at least 50% of the remaining demolition and construction debris shall be diverted. For each covered project, the diversion requirements shall be met by submitting and following a waste reduction and recycling plan that includes the following:
  1. Deconstructing and salvaging all or part of the structure as practicable
  2. Directing 100% of inert solids to legitimate processors for reuse or recycling
  3. Either:
    1. Taking all mixed demolition and construction debris to a legitimate processor approved by the jurisdiction; or
    2. Source separating non-inert materials, such as cardboard and paper, wood, metals, green waste, new gypsum wallboard, tile, porcelain fixtures, and other easily recycled materials, and directing them to recycling facilities approved by the jurisdiction and taking the remainder 50% by weight to a facility for disposal. In this option, calculations must be provided to show that 50% of demolition and construction debris (in addition to 100% of inert solids) has been diverted.
A chute depositing hay in a field.

Construction & Demolition Diversion Requirements


Determination of acceptability and designation as demolition and construction debris is solely the responsibility of the bona fide processor, landfill or transfer station representative. (Ord. 483 §2 (part), 2008). View the construction and demolition diversion requirements (PDF).

Diversion Exemptions


Neither a waste reduction and recycling plan nor an administrative charge shall be required for the following:
  • Installation of pre-fabricated accessories such as signs or antennas where no structural building modifications are required. (Ordinance 483 §2 (part), 2008).
  • Installation of pre-fabricated patio enclosures and covers where no foundation or other structural building modifications are required.
  • Installation of swimming pools and spas excavation that does not exceed 16 square feet, and any related construction or alterations necessary for pool or spa equipment or accessories, nor to any other portion of the project.
  • New nonresidential construction of less than 5,000 square feet.
  • New residential construction projects of less than 2,000 square feet.
  • Nonresidential alterations of less than $5,000 in value.
  • Residential alterations of less than $2,000 in value.
  • Roofing projects only.
  • Seismic tie-down projects.
  • The installation or replacement of shelves.
  • Work for which a building permit is not required.
  • Work for which only a plumbing, electrical or mechanical permit is required.