Public Works

Construction and Demolition Debris
Recycling and Reuse Program

Construction and demolition (C&D) debris refers to any material that is generated by a project from activity that includes construction, demolition, renovations/remodel, tenant improvement, and/or grading/excavation. Grading/excavation activity refers to soil intended to be hauled away from the project site. Currently, Los Angeles County Public Works enforces a diversion rate of 65% for C&D debris as stated in the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (2016 CalGreen Manual). For more information on this program, please see below under the section entitled History.

C&D requirements for Los Angeles County

As part of obtaining a building permit, LA County Public Works Building and Safety Division may refer a project to the Environmental Programs Division to obtain approval of a Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling and Reuse Plan.
Projects can obtain clearance for a Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling and Reuse Plan. through the following steps:

  1. Download a Recycle and Reuse Plan (RRP) Application Form here.
  2. Fill out the RRP Application Form. For details on how to fill out this form email or call the C&D Unit at (626) 458-3517.
  3. Submit the filled out RRP Application for review and approval to the C&D Unit of the Environmental Programs Division through one of the following methods:
    1. Email:
    2. Fax: (626) 628-9733
    3. In person: 900 South Fremont Ave, 3rd floor of the Annex Building, Alhambra, CA 91803
  4. When the RRP is approved, a copy of the approved RRP will be provided that serves as clearance of the C&D requirement from Building and Safety.
    1. If an application has been submitted but an approved RRP has not been received, please contact the Construction and Demolition unit at (626) 458-3517 or send an e-mail to
  5. Present the approved RRP to the Building and Safety representative to clear the C&D requirement.

During the project

Keep all weight tickets for debris removed from the project site. Documents, including weight tickets, that show that all debris is being properly hauled to the agreed upon facility/facilities listed on the RRP must be submitted as part of the Final Compliance Report. Construction drawings and/or pictures of the site before and after the project are not required, however may be helpful in closing out the RRP at the end of the project.

After the project

  1. Download a Final Compliance Report (FCR) Application Form here.
  2. Fill out the FCR Application Form. For details on how to fill out this form, email or call the C&D Unit at (626)458-3517.
  3. Submit the FCR Application Form along with all weight tickets and any other documentation (pictures, drawings, etc.) for approval to the C&D Unit of the Environmental Programs Division as indicated on the FCR Application Form.
  4. Present the approved FCR to Building and Safety Division to complete the C&D requirement for closing out the building permit.

Penalty Fee

All weight tickets and other documents showing what was done with the debris must be submitted to the C&D Unit within 45 days of the estimated project end date. Failure to submit all weight tickets associated with the project may result in a penalty fee up to $50,000.

History of the C&D Ordinance

January 4, 2005

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the C&D Debris Recycling and Reuse Ordinance (Chapter 20.87 of the Los Angeles County Code), which requires at least 50% of all debris generated by C&D projects located in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County to be recycled or reused.

January 1, 2017

Los Angeles County Public Works begins to enforce the following C&D diversion requirements in accordance with the 2016 CalGreen Manual:

  • All projects that generate C&D debris are to recycle or reuse the C&D debris at a minimum rate of 65%.
  • All Universal Waste recovered from a nonresidential project site must be disposed of properly.
  • All trees, stumps, rocks, and associated vegetation and soils resulting primarily from land clearing shall be reused or recycled.

For questions and further clarification,
Contact the C&D Unit at LA County Public Works.

(626) 458-3517


(626) 628-9733

Los Angeles County Public Works
Annex Building, 3rd Floor
900 S Fremont Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91803
Open Mondays through Thursdays: 7:00am to 5:00pm
(Closed on Fridays and holidays)
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