Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste can be generated as a result of new construction, remodel, or demolition projects. In order to reduce as much C&D waste as possible, the County requires that certain projects in unincorporated San Mateo County that generate such waste file a Waste Management Plan with the Office of Sustainability.
DO I NEED A 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
WHAT IS THE WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN PROCESS?
- Section One of the Waste Management Plan is prepared before you start your project with your best estimates of the debris that will be generated and how it will be reused, recycled or disposed of in compliance with the County’s Building Regulations.
- Section One of the the plan is then submitted for approval to the Office of Sustainability before you receive your permit. A copy of your approved Section One Waste Management Plan can be provided to you when it is accepted. We may have additional recommendations that accompany the approval of your plan and we may request 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 before we issue 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 DO I PREPARE THE WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN?
We encourage all applicants to use 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 has an online system for processing your Waste Management Plan. Using this 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 the San Mateo County Waste Tracking website. If you are a first time user, you will need to register to utilize this online system. You should have gotten an email from Green Halo when you applied for your permit.
IN-PERSON WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN SERVICING
You still have the option of processing your Waste Management Plans in-person with the Office of Sustainability. Please come prepared by filling out the relevant sections of the Waste Management Plan form (Section One or Section Two) and 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
Call 888-442-2666 for assistance.
ARE THERE ANY FEES OR 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.
We offer deconstruction trainings to teach people how to deconstruct buildings and the benefits of deconstruction. If you would like to be put on a list to be notified of the next training, please email email@example.com.