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Environmental Services

Application Process - Before the Project Starts

  1. Determine if your project is subject to the ordinance requirements. Some projects are exempt from the ordinance. To find out what projects must comply with the recycling ordinance and what projects are exempt, consult the C&D Debris Recycling Deposit Table (see below).
  2. Fill out a Waste Management Form for every project covered by the ordinance.
    • Provide C&D debris estimates in tons. For C&D debris that can't be weighed, please consult the City's Office spreadsheet iconConstruction and Demolition Debris Conversion Rate Table. If any of the materials generated do not have a conversion factor listed, determine the quantity of the particular materials and provide an estimate of the weight of the materials.
    • Specify the Certified Recycling Facilities where the C&D debris will be taken for recycling. Certified Recycling Facilities must be used in order to be eligible for a deposit refund. Donating reusable goods is also acceptable with appropriate documentation, such as receipts and photos.
    • Make a copy of the WMF - I, front and back, to be used as part of the required documentation for the refund request.
  3. Submit the complete WMF - I when paying for the permit at issuance.
  4. Pay the refundable C&D debris recycling deposit at time of permit issuance. Permits will not be issued unless the WMF - I is submitted and the deposit is paid. The recycling deposit amount is based on type of project and square feet. For qualifying project types and deposit amounts, consult the C&D Debris Recycling Deposit Table (see below). The recycling deposit may be fully refundable if 65% of all debris generated by the project is recycled and properly documented. For refund requirements, consult the refund request requirements.

The following table indicates types of projects that are subject to the program. Please note the building's square footage to determine deposit amount.

Deposit Types Depos/it/Sq. Ft. Minimum Sq. Ft.
Subject to Ordinance
Maximum Sq. Ft.
Subject to Ordinance
Range of Deposits
Residential New Construction, Non-residential Alterations, Demolition $0.40 1,000 100,000 $400-$40,000
Non-residential New Construction $0.20 1,000 50,000 $200-$40,000
Flat Rate
Residential Alterations* $1,000 1,000 6,999 $1,000


*Residential Alterations 7,000 square feet and greater in size, and hotels are considered Non-Residential Alterations.

Other Exemptions Include:

  • Roofing projects;
  • Installation, replacement or repair of:
    • Retaining wall
    • Fence
    • Shade Structure
    • Awning
    • Canopy
    • Carport
    • Patio cover
    • Balcony
    • Trellis
    • Fireplace
    • Deck
    • Skylight
    • Window
    • Door
    • Stair flight
    • Poles
    • Siding/stucco/veneer
    • Swimming pool or a spa
    • Pre-fabricated sign or antenna which does not require modification to the structure to which sign is attached
    • Storage racks
    • Partitions only
    • Seismic tie-downs
  • Modifications, alteration or repair of facades;
  • Re-pipe repairs;
  • Foundation repairs;
  • Installation or replacement of a pre-fabricated modular building or mobile home;
  • Projects which require only an electric, only a plumbing permit or only a mechanical permit;
  • Projects which do not require plans for a Building Permit;
  • Projects which are expected to generate only hazardous waste and/or hazardous substances, and
  • Projects for which the construction and demolition debris deposit is less than $200.

Next Step: During the Project