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Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion Requirements

The City of Berkeley adopted local amendments to the California Green Building Standards Code, 2016 Edition, California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 11, impacting Waste Diversion as documented in the Berkeley Municipal Code, Chapter 19.37 (Berkeley Green Code).

Building projects subject to Construction and Demolition (C&D) requirements:

Nonresidential buildings

  • newly constructed buildings 
  • additions 
  • alterations 
  • demolitions 

Residential buildings 

  • newly constructed buildings 
  • additions or alterations which increase a building’s conditioned area, volume or size  
  • any building alteration with a permit valuation over $100,000 
  • any interior or exterior demolition valued over $3,000 

Diversion requirements: The City of Berkeley requires that 100% of asphalt, concrete, excavated soil and land-clearing debris and a minimum of 65% of other nonhazardous construction and demolition waste shall be diverted from disposal at subject building projects by recycling, reuse, or salvage.  

Forms:

Waste Diversion Form (also available at Frequently Requested Planning and Development Forms)  

How to comply with C&D Requirements:

Step 1: Create a plan for managing your C&D waste. Document this Waste Diversion Plan by using Green Halo Systems (also accessible through Berkeley.WasteTracking.com) or by manually completing the Waste Diversion page (back side) of the Waste Diversion Form. Green Halo Systems is a free online tool that can help you create your waste diversion plan, upload your recycling data throughout your construction process, and generate your final report for project compliance.

Step 2: Complete the Waste Diversion Form and submit with your Building Permit Application.  

Step 3: Divert debris as specified on the Waste Diversion Plan and collect required documentation. Get construction debris receipts from sorting facilities in order to verify diversion requirements.

Step 4: Upload recycling and disposal receipts if using Green Halo Systems and submit online for City review and approval prior to final inspection. Alternatively, complete the Waste Diversion page of your original Waste Diversion Form and present it, along with your construction debris receipts, to the Building Inspector by the final inspection to demonstrate diversion rate compliance.

Assistance: The Berkeley Transfer Station at 1201 Second Street accepts C&D and other materials; see www.cityofberkeley.info/transferstation for detail. To find other facilities that accept C&D debris, use Green Halo Systems or see the StopWaste's Recycle Where? tool. For assistance with permitting and inspection requirements, contact Building and Safety at 510-981-7440 or buildingandsafety@cityofberkeley.info.

 

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