This page illustrates the general process for obtaining a solid waste facility permit (SWFP). Click on the links below for more detail on the steps required to process each type of tiered permit. The Permit Tier/Task Chart also has more detail on the steps required for each regulatory tier.
Local Planning Process: The SWFP process usually begins at the local level, with an application for a conditional use permit (CUP) or some other local approval. This usually also triggers the CEQA process which may proceed concurrently with other permits.
Other State and Local Permits: Either concurrently or after the local process is completed, the applicant submits the required paperwork to other state or local agencies as necessary.
SWFP Application: The applicant submits the SWFP application or notification to the local enforcement agency (LEA). The LEA accepts the application if it is complete and correct.
Regulatory Tiers: Depending on which type of permit the applicant qualifies for, the site either begins operations, or waits for further review from the LEA.
Notification: For this tier, operations can commence upon LEA receipt of the necessary paperwork.
Registration Permit: If the LEA determines that the SWFP application is complete and correct, the LEA may issue the permit.
Review Permit: The LEA periodically reviews the permit and revises it as necessary.
The processing of solid waste facility permits is administered by CalRecycle in conjunction with Local Enforcement Agencies.
Although a solid waste facility permit can be processed concurrent with, or prior to, other required permits, facility operations might be delayed without obtaining other local, State, or federal permits or approvals.