Ordinance & Requirements
Does My Project Fall Under the New Ordinance?
IMPORTANT NOTICE: To ensure consistency with the new California Green-Building Code, relevant amendments to the Municipal Code have been approved. Effective immediately, Chapter 9 of Section 6, Division 7 of the Irvine Municipal Code — the City’s Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Recycling and Reuse Ordinance (07-18) — has been amended to read:
Sec. 6-7-903. – Thresholds for Covered Projects.
A. “Covered Project” shall mean any of the following projects:
- All projects involving new or existing residential development, except for renovations of a single residential unit;
- All projects involving new non-residential development;
- All projects involving new non-residential demolition and/or renovation of 10,000 square feet or greater of project area.
If your project falls into one or more of these categories, you must submit a Waste Management Plan form to the City. You must also meet certain financial requirements in addition to submitting a Waste Management Plan. Please refer to the bond forms example to qualify under the new ordinance. You will only need to choose one of the four forms to complete.
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.