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Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion Requirements (BMC 19.24)

Building Permit applicants for the projects listed below are required to divert Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste and debris from landfill disposal in accordance with Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion Requirements (BMC 19.24) and the Berkeley Green Code (BMC 19.37).

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

  • Construction of any new building
  • All additions or alterations of residential buildings that increase the building's conditioned area, volume, or size
  • Non-residential building additions of 1,000 square feet or more
  • All renovations valued over $100,000 in 2010 dollars (over $109,304 in 2014*); renovations include any change, addition, or modification to an existing structure
  • Demolitions valued over $3,000 in 2010 dollars (over $3,279 in 2014*)

*Based on the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CPI Inflation Calculator

Diversion requirements: Subject building projects shall divert 100% of asphalt, concrete, excavated soil and land clearing debris and at least 50% of the remaining construction and demolition debris by recycling, reuse, compost, or other approved method.

Forms and Documents: 

How to comply with C&D Requirements:

Step 1 - Create a Waste Diversion Plan by using an online C&D resource tool, such as Green Halo, or by completing the Waste Diversion Plan (non-shaded) portion of the City of Berkeley's C&D Diversion Worksheet. Green Halo can help you create your waste diversion plan, upload your recycling data throughout your construction process, and generate your final report for project compliance. Other equivalent online C&D resource tools may also offer these services.

Step 2 - Fill in the Waste Diversion Form (this form). Submit two copies of the Waste Diversion Form along with one copy of your Waste Diversion Plan, generated with a C&D resource tool or by using the C&D Diversion Worksheet, with your Building Permit Application.  

Step 3 - Divert debris as specified on the Waste Diversion Plan and collect required documentation. Be sure to ask for construction debris receipts from sorting facilities in order to verify diversion requirements. Upload recycling and disposal receipts if using an online C&D resource tool.

Step 4 - Post-project, complete the Waste Diversion Report using a C&D resource tool or the C&D Diversion Worksheet. Show the Waste Diversion Report (including receipts) to the Building Inspector at the final inspection to demonstrate diversion rate compliance.

Assistance: To find out which facilities accept C&D debris, see the StopWaste Recycling Wizard. For assistance contact Building and Safety at 510-981-7440 or buildingandsafety@cityofberkeley.info.

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