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Local Government Construction and Demolition (C&D) Guide

Develop Ordinance Implementation Processes

During the ordinance implementation phase, you will want to provide ongoing education for new staff implementing the ordinance as well as contractors who will need to comply with the ordinance. You will also want to monitor the effectiveness of the ordinance (e.g., any increase in diversion of construction and demolition (C&D) material, or decrease in the amount being landfilled), and to enforce compliance with the ordinance. The amount of staff time (and on-going training) you will need to implement your ordinance will depend on the sections you include. For example, if you:

  • Require a waste management plan (WMP), you will need to develop a template for contractors to use, and you may also need to provide training for how to complete a WMP. Some jurisdictions provide such training and examples of a completed WMP on their building department’s web page. The City of Oakland has a web page that contains various sample forms, including an example of their WMP.
  • Have a diversion requirement, you will need to train staff on what are reasonable estimates for anticipated diversion/disposal per project and/or material type.
  • Have penalties and/or fines (other than forfeiture of deposit), you will need to develop procedures for implementing the penalty/fines, and train staff accordingly.
  • Require a deposit, you will need staff to handle the deposits (taking in and returning), as well as to evaluate compliance with the requirements that allow deposits to be returned, and to handle any related disputes or appeals. If you don’t have a deposit requirement and instead require onsite source separation and diversion, you will need to have staff to monitor onsite compliance.

Encouraging/Enforcing Compliance

Below are ways for a jurisdiction to encourage/enforce compliance with their C&D ordinance:

  • Provide technical assistance and education for contractors.
  • Provide education/training for staff.
  • Require security (or performance) deposits.
  • Require proof of compliance through weight tickets and receipts from diversion facilities.
  • Tie issuance of project permits to meeting ordinance requirements; for example, submittal of a complete waste management plan .
  • Conduct field inspections of onsite practices.
  • Tie final approval of projects to compliance with the C&D ordinance; for example, a jurisdiction may choose to only release the certificate of occupancy when the project applicant is found to be in compliance with the ordinance.

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Last updated: May 18, 2005
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