Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste can be generated as a result of new construction, remodel, or demolition projects. Any project that generates such waste may require a Waste Management Plan.
Waste Management Plan
A Waste Management Plan is necessary to demonstrate compliance with County regulations that require covered projects to salvage, reuse or recycle all inert solids and at least 65% of all of the construction and demolition debris generated by the project.
A Waste Management Plan is required if your project consists of one or more of the following:
- Demolition work only as determined by the Building Official or designee.
- The renovation, remodel or addition to an existing structure that increases the building’s conditioned area, volume, or size as determined by the Building Official or designee
- The construction of a new permitted structure as determined by the Building Official or designee
Summary of Process
Section One of the Waste Management Plan is prepared in advance of your project with your best estimates of debris that will be generated and how it will be reused, recycled or disposed of in compliance with the County’s Building Regulations. It is then submitted for approval to the Office of Sustainability prior to issuance of your permit. A copy of your approved Section One Waste Management Plan can be provided to you upon acceptance. There may be additional recommendations that accompany the approval and there may be a request for receipts to be submitted during the project.
Please save all receipts relating to disposal that are generated throughout your project.
Section Two of the Waste Management Plan is submitted at the completion of your project, detailing how debris was actually handled. Section Two, along with all disposal receipts or equivalent documentation must be submitted and approved by Office of Sustainability staff prior to issuance of your Final Project Approval. Projects whose Waste Management Plans are found not in compliance with County’s Building Regulations may be subject to a fine.
How to Prepare the Waste Management Plan
Office of Sustainability staff highly encourages all applicants to start utilizing the online system for Waste Management Plan processing, as the in-person Waste Management Plan servicing will be slowly phased out/reduced in the near future.
Online Waste Management Plan Processing Using Green Halo
The County recently launched an online system for processing your Waste Management Plan. Using this new online system, you may now submit and obtain approval of your Waste Management Plan, submit all supporting documentation, and track the information and documents that you submit, all from the convenience of your home or office, 24 hours a day. To access the online system, please visit: http://smcgov.wastetracking.com/. If you are a first time user, you will need to register to utilize this online system
In-Person Waste Management Plan Servicing
You still have the option of processing your Waste Management Plans in-person. Please come prepared by filling out the relevant sections of the Waste Management Plan form (Section One or Section Two) as well as by bringing all necessary supporting documentation, if any.
Waste Management Plans can be filed in person at:
the Office of Sustainability
455 County Center, 4th Floor
Redwood City, CA
between the hours of:
Monday through Friday
8:30am – 12:00pm, and 1pm-4:30pm
Fees and Fines
There is a $95 administrative fee that is added electronically by the Office of Sustainability when you file your Section One of the Waste Management Plan. The County’s Building Department collects this fee when you finalize your project.
If your project is required to comply with the Building Regulations and you fail to turn in copies of receipts or equivalent documentation as requested, submit an inaccurate or incomplete final Waste Management Plan, or submit a Waste Management Plan that does not show compliance with the Building Regulations, a stop order may be issued on the job, your final approval may be delayed, you may be requested to provide additional information, and in some cases, may be fined up to $1,000 or jailed.