Construction and Demolition Recycling

The California Green Building Standard Codes (CALGreen) went into effect on January 1, 2017 and sets forth recycling requirements for construction and demolition (C&D) projects.  CALGreen requires the recycling and/or salvaging for reuse a minimum of 65% of the non-hazardous construction and demolition project waste.  Applicants must comply with the CALGreen provisions and the City of Laguna Beach Municipal Code Chapter 7.19 (Construction and Demolition Requirements) whichever is more stringent.

What is a Covered Project?

  • All construction, demolition, and renovation projects within the City which require a permit.
  • All re-roofs that require a tear-off.
  • Residential additions and alterations that increase the structure's conditioned area, volume or size.
  • Non-residential permitted additions and  alterations.

How to Comply?

  • Prior to receiving a building permit, all project applicants must submit a Waste Management Plan (WPM) via GREEN HALO - CLICK ON LINK: http://lagunabeach.wastetracking.com/#
  • Pay an annual non-refundable administrative fee of $50.00.
  • Pay the applicable refundable security deposit fees for self-haul:
    • $1,000 - Demolition and new construction projects.
    • $   750 - Renovations that consist of an addition to an existing residential and commercial structure.
    • $   500 - Remodels and renovations.
    • $   250 - Re-roofs that require tear-off.
    • The security deposit must be payable to the City of Laguna Beach and MUST be in the form of check, cashier's check, or cash.  Credit cards are not accepted for security deposits

Green Halo - Waste Management Plans

The City provides a web-based service for C&D diversion and recycling tracking.  Through Green Halo, applicants can establish, monitor, and document their waste management plan (WMP)  and compliance online.  Green Halo tracks the City's construction and demolition debris diversion rate from the landfill and carbon footprint savings. 

Please refer to the Construction and Demolition Online System User Guides (below) to submit your WMP.  You must submit a WMP for each project.

If you need assistance or have  questions, please contact Liz Avila, Senior Public Works Analyst at (949) 497-0344.


How does an applicant comply with the provisions of the construction and demolition waste disposal ordinance?

An applicant for a non-exempted "covered project" has two options for complying with the ordinance:

Option One: Use one or more roll-off bins provided by the City's franchise solid waste hauler (Waste Management) to dispose of all construction and demolition material generated by the project.

Option Two: Self-haul all construction and demolition debris generated at the project site to a construction and demolition facility.

What are the requirements if Option Two is selected?

Step 1: Submit the following information and fees to the Public Works Department prior to the issuance of a building permit or Public Works permit:

  • Waste Management Plan.
  • Pay an annual non-refundable administrative fee of $50.00.
  • Pay a refundable security deposit as follows:
    • $1,000 - Every demolition and new construction project.
    • $   750 - Renovations that consis of an addition to an existing   residential or commercial structure.
    • $   500 - Remodels and renovations.
    • $   250 - Re-roofs that require tear off.

Step 2: Submit your building permit application or Public Works permit application to the Community Development Department.

Step 3: During construction or demolition of your project, gather data for your Recycling Summary Report (due at completion of the project). You are required to keep all original weight tags, gate receipts, and/or invoices necessary to document actual quantities of materials generated, reused, recycled, and/or disposed of throughout your project, as well as facilities or service providers used for disposal of materials.

Step 4: Complete and submit a Recycling Summary Report, and all documentation gathered in Step 2 to the Public Works Department. Unlike the Waste Management Plan, which is an estimate, the Recycling Summary Report documents your actual construction and demolition tonnages. The Recycling Summary Report must be submitted within sixty (60) days after the completion of the covered project. Completed Recycling Summary Reports should be mailed or delivered to the following location:

        City of Laguna Beach, Public Works Department
        505 Forest Avenue
        Laguna Beach, CA 92651
        Attn: Liz Vazquez-Avila, Senior Public Works Analyst

Step 5: The City will refund your security deposit if you have diverted at least 50% of construction and demolition waste generated from the covered project from landfill disposal. The Director of Public Works may provide a partial refund if he determines a good faith effort was made to comply with the diversion requirements.

What is the requirement if Option One is selected?

Step 1: Submit the Construction and Demolition Waste Disposal Requirement form to the Community Development Department.  This form must be submitted and approved prior to the issuance of a building permit or Public Works permit for a covered project.

Step 2: Contact Waste Management at (949) 642-1191 to order roll-off bins. Let them know that you are using the roll-off bins to comply with the City's Construction and Demolition Waste Disposal Ordinance. Make sure to obtain an invoice or ticket for all bins used.

What projects are exempt from the construction and demolition requirements?

  1. Non-Residential Excavated soil and land-clearing debris.  100 percent of trees, stumps, rocks and associated vegetation and soils resulting primarily from land clearing shall be reused or recycled.
  2. Emergency demolition or construction required to protect the public health, safety or welfare, as determined by the Director of Public Works, the Director of Community Development, or their designee.

What projects require the diversion of 65% of construction and demolition debris?

Pursuant to Title 24, Part II of the California Code of Regulations (CALGreen) and the City of Laguna Beach Construction and Waste Disposal Ordinance Municipal Code Chapter 7.19, the following are covered projects:

1) All newly constructed building and demolition projects which require a permit.

2) Non-residentialAll permitted additions and alternations including (not limited to):

  • Newly constructed buildings
  • Building additions of 1,000 square feet or greater, or
  • Building alterations with a permit valuation of $200,000 or above.

3) Residential: All permitted additions and alterations that increase the structure's conditioned area, volume or size.

4) All re-roofs that require a  tear-off per Municipal Code Chapter 7.19.

5) Concurrent permits at the same address are considered "one" project.

Concurrent permits at the same address are considered "one" project.