Ordinance Construction


Many jurisdictions have adopted one of the sample construction and demolition (C&D) diversion ordinances available on our website, or have adapted one to fit their specific needs. You may choose instead to build your own C&D ordinance using CalRecycle’s model ordinance.

CalRecycle’s model is provided as a tool to assist you in developing an ordinance that best fits your jurisdiction’s needs and conditions. It includes many “fill in the blanks” for those sections that require specificity based on your particular jurisdiction’s conditions. For example, you could choose to include a threshold based on the cost (dollar) or square footage amount that will capture the most common types of projects in your jurisdiction, or on those projects that generate the greatest amount of C&D materials.

Also, as you read through each section of the model, you will be able to click back to the corresponding information for that section on this Information Page.

The sections included in CalRecycle’s model ordinance are those typically found in existing ordinances. Information related to each section is included as guidance when developing your ordinance.

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For more information contact: Local Assistance & Market Development, LAMD@calrecycle.ca.gov