Ordinance & Requirements
Does My Project Fall Under the New Ordinance?
The City of Irvine Municipal Code (Title 6, Division 7 – Chapter 9) and the California Green Building Standards Code (“CALGreen” Sections 4.408, 5.408, and 5.713.8) require that certain types of projects recycle or otherwise divert construction and demolition debris from landfills. These requirements promote the reuse of resources and help extend the useful life of landfills in compliance with California state laws including the California Integrated Waste Management Act (AB939, Sher) and Mandatory Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion (SB1374, Kuehl).
To ensure consistency with the CALGreen Code, relevant changes to the Municipal Code have been approved. Specifically, the City’s Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Recycling and Reuse Ordinance (07-18) Irvine Code Title 6, Division 7 – Chapter 9) – has been amended to cover the size and type of projects listed on the Construction and Demolition Waste Assessment form. Click here to download form.
If your project falls into one or more of the categories listed – you must submit a completed Waste Management Plan (WMP) form to the City. You must also pay a refundable fee deposit that may be returned to you at project completion upon submittal of a Final Report and Compliance Form and proof-of-waste diversion documentation. The refundable fee deposit may be paid via cash, check made payable to the City of Irvine, money order, bank letter of credit, or bond. (To download a bond form example click here ) Credit cards are not accepted for payment of the refundable fee deposit.
Both the pre-project Waste Management Plan (WMP) and the post-project Final Report and Compliance forms can be downloaded at the links provided below.
How Do I Apply?
1. Fill out the PRE-PROJECT Waste Management Plan (WMP)
2. Submit the PRE-PROJECT WMP & Refundable Fee Deposit
Complete and submit the electronic WMP form online. Pay the related fee deposit at the City Permit Counter in the Community Development Department located on the 1st floor. Once the permit is issued, you may begin your project.
Note: the fee is calculated by $1.00 per square foot with a cap at $50,000
3. Fill out the POST-PROJECT Final Report and Compliance Form
4. Submit the POST-PROJECT Final Report for Approval and Fee Refund
Submit the POST-PROJECT Final Report and Compliance Form by scanning your final report documents and submitting them electronically via e-mail to CDRecycling@cityofirvine.org, or you may submit them in person to the Community Services Counter located on the 2nd floor at City Hall. Upon review and approval that all project requirements have been met, the fee deposit will be refunded.
Note: Be sure to include copies of all weight tickets, receipts or other documentation for all disposal and diversion materials that support the final report
Why Did the City Pass this New Ordinance?
The City passed the new ordinance #07-18 in order to increase the diversion of C&D materials that are currently entering the landfill. Many of the products used in construction are valuable resources that can be reused, recycled or otherwise diverted from landfills. Through reuse and recycling, these materials are made available for more beneficial uses, helping to preserve landfill space and conserving our natural resources. The ordinance also helps the City of Irvine stay in compliance with the state’s AB939 mandate that requires all California cities to keep at least 50% of its solid waste out of landfills on an ongoing basis.