Construction and Demolition Waste Management

Construction & Demolition Recycling Requirements

The Placentia City Council adopted the 2016 California Green Building Standard Codes (CALGreen) on November 15, 2016, which became effective January 1, 2017, and sets forth recycling requirements for construction and demolition (C&D) projects. CALGreen requires the recycling and/or salvaging for reuse of a minimum of 65% of the non-hazardous construction and demolition project waste. Applicants must comply with the CALGreen provisions and the City of Placentia Municipal Code, Title 8 Chapter 8.04.390 (Construction and Demolition Requirements), whichever is more stringent.

When is the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Plan Required?

The following projects trigger the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Management Plan (WMP) requirements set forth in the Placentia Municipal Code Section 8.0.400.

  • Residential additions of 500 square feet or more
  • Tenant improvements of 500 square feet or more
  • New structures of 500 square feet or more
  • All projects with demolition regardless of their square footage
  • All City public works and construction projects awarded pursuant to a competitive bid procedure.
  • All roofing projects
  • Pool demolitions
  • Other projects determined by the City Administrator to generate sufficient debris to warrant collection by the City Franchisee or authorized Permittee

All contractors or owner-builders applying for a permit are required to complete a project form and attest that only an authorized City agent will be used to haul debris and other solid waste generated by that project. If your project requires the completion of a WMP, you will also be required to complete a WMP Final Compliance Report within 30 days after the project's completion.

What is the City's Required Diversion Rate?

The City of Placentia requires that at least 65% of all construction/deconstruction waste generated within the City be diverted from landfills.

Will Staff Review my C&D Waste Management Plan?

Yes, City staff will review the WMP within two (2) weeks and determine whether it fully complies with the Ordinance's diversion requirements. Once the WMP has been approved, any subsequent changes must be submitted and pre-approved in writing by City staff prior to beginning construction in order to ensure the return of the security deposit. The WMP must be submitted and approved by the Public Works Department as a condition of obtaining a building permit.

  • Deconstruction – In preparing the WMP, applicants for demolition permits involving the removal of all or part of an existing structure shall consider deconstruction to the maximum extent practicable. Deconstruction can be used to meet the 65% diversion requirement, provided it is accounted for in the WMP.

Is There a Deposit Required?

Yes, all contractors or owner-builders are required to place a deposit with the City to ensure their compliance with the required use of an authorized City agent. The specific deposit amount shall range from a low of $100 to a high equivalent of 3% percent of the total project value.

Construction/Deconstruction Activities 

Demolition of projects of less than 200 square feet


201 to 1,000 square feet


1,000 to 5,000 square feet


Over 5,000 square feet

3% of the total project value

New Construction

Projecting less than 1 ton of material to be hauled off-site


Between 1 and 5 tons hauled


5 to 50 tons hauled


Over 50 tons hauled

3% of the total project value

If your project has both components (demolition & construction), your deposit will be the larger of the two amounts.

Performance Security Deposit Refund Requirements

Within 30 days after construction has been completed for the project, the WMP Final Compliance Report must be submitted to the Public Works Department, along with the signed-off final permit. Receipts for all discarded materials and facility receipts for all recycled materials that demonstrate compliance with the recycling requirements of the C&D Ordinance. The receipts must include the following information: 

  • Information about the facility
  • Tonnage amounts
  • Project address
  • Appropriate coding to indicate that the material was recycled or disposed of

Once we determine compliance with the Ordinance, it will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the date all required documents were submitted to the Public Works Department to receive the refund.

**It should be noted that it is the applicant's and/or sub-contractor's responsibility to ensure that the correct material type is indicated on each C&D receipt.

Forfeiture of the Security Deposit

The Security Deposit may be forfeited in whole for the following reasons: 

  • If you begin work on this project prior to submitting a completed WMP
  • If you begin work on this project prior to receiving written approval from the WMP
  • If you change the WMP without review and approval by the Public Works Department
  • If you do not use approved facilities or permitted haulers for this project
  • If the actual diversion rate for this project does not meet the City's minimum required diversion rate of 65%
  • If the total actual tonnages for this project are materially different from the estimated tonnages on the WMP
  • If you do not submit Final Compliance paperwork and receipts/documentation within 30 days of Final Building Inspection approval

If I do not use Republic Services, can I haul my own materials?

Yes, you can haul your own materials as long as you use your own forces and own equipment. A list of Permitted Recycling Dealers is included in the form found below for your convenience.

Final Review

Remember to sign the form below and check the form to be sure that all entries are legible, accurate, and complete.