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Development Services

Building Department

Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Program


The City of San Juan Capistrano has established a Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Recycling Program per San Juan Municipal Code, Title 6, Chapter 3, Sections 6-3.08 through 6-3.08.10 to help in diverting C&D waste from landfills and also to comply with mandates of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the California Green Building Standards (CalGreen).


Project Compliance

  • Every demolition, remodeling and construction project subject recycle, reuse, or divert from the landfills or disposal sites a minimum of 65% of designated recyclable and reusable materials:
  • Newly constructed buildings and demolition projects
  • All permitted additions and alterations to non-residential buildings or structures
  • Additions and alterations to residential buildings that increase the structure’s conditioned area, volume, or size
  • Reroofing of homes
  • Construction and remodeling
  • Land clearing.  One hundred (100) percent of excavated soil and land clearing debris generated from every applicable non-residential construction, remodeling, or demolition project shall be diverted from going to landfills by using recycling, reuse, and diversion programs, unless somehow contaminated.



  • Work for which only a plumbing, electrical, or mechanical permit is required
  • Seismic tie-down projects
  • Installation of prefabricated patio enclosures and covers when no foundation or other structural building modifications are required
  • Installation of prefabricated accessories such as signs or antennas where no structural building modifications are required
  • Projects, which involve a roof, but the tear-off of the existing roof, is not required.
  • The construction of new fencing
  • Construction or demolition work that the Solid Waste Coordinator determines will not produce construction or demolition waste.




C&D Waste Plan

In order for a permit to be issued, the contractor must submit a C&D Waste Plan application and a permit # must have been assigned to your project. Please have the project information along with permit # ready to answer questions on the electronic form. Follow the link below to complete your C&D Waste Plan Application.


NOTE: The C&D Waste Plan Application is not used to request a refund on a deposit that has already been paid. To request a refund on your construction project in order to schedule final inspection, please follow the C&D Refund Request instructions below.


C&D Refund Request - (Final Report & Compliance)

Within sixty (60) days following the completion and finalization of a permit involving demolition or construction, the contractor shall submit documentation to the Solid Waste Coordinator, which proves compliance with the requirements of Section 6-3.08.01 of Chapter 3 of Title 6 of the San Juan Capistrano Municipal Code. Any deposit posted pursuant to Section 6-3.08.04 shall be forfeited if the permittee does not meet the timely reporting requirements of this section. (Ord. No. 887, § 3).

In order to request a C&D bond refund, the following form & receipts must be completed and emailed to

  • C&D Final Report & Compliance (Form must be completed in it's entirety. This PDF form has a formula built in to automatically compute the calculations of diversion percentage.)

  • Copies of weight receipts & other acceptable documentation (Please scan or take clear photos of receipts/documents) 


C&D Management Tips

  • Determine recycling, salvage, reuse and disposal options before the job begins
  • Consider deconstruction instead of mechanical demolition
  • Reuse materials such as fixtures and doors
  • Donate materials that can be reused to charities and nonprofit agencies
  • Place advertisements in local newspapers announcing salvageable and reusable materials for sale or donation
  • Choose a recycling facility based on its fees and geographic proximity to your job site
  • Educate contractors regarding your waste management plan
  • Clearly identify recycling areas with large signs
  • Place recycling bins in areas that will minimize misuse or contamination by employees and the public
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