California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Local Enforcement Agency Permit Toolbox

Permitting Landfills and Disposal Sites

This page provides information and resources for permitting a landfill or disposal facility.

Please note that other local, state, or federal agencies may also have regulatory authority over solid waste facilities.

What is a solid waste landfill or disposal facility?

"Solid Waste Landfill" means a disposal facility that accepts solid waste for land disposal...[More]

Which permit is required for a landfill?

All proposed or active solid waste disposal facilities (landfill) including CDI material disposal sites and waste tire monofills, are required to obtain a full solid waste facility permit to operate, unless an exemption is granted by the local enforcement agency (LEA).


Permit requirements unique to landfills:

  • Landfill operation, design, and permitting requirements are contained in Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) (rather than Title 14 for other for other types of facilities.)
  • Applicants are also required to submit a copy of the application form and Report of Disposal Site Information (or Joint Technical Document) to the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).
  • Landfill operators must submit a closure and postclosure maintenance plan, including cost estimates.
  • Landfills must provide financial assurance for closure, postclosure maintenance, and operating liability.
  • Municipal solid waste landfills are also regulated by Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR), Part 258 (Subtitle D) Section 258.2.

Please see the Permit Toolbox Full Permit Page for information on processing a landfill permit. 



Regulations Summary

CalRecycle Standards Pertaining to Landfills
Solid Waste Facility Permit Process Title 27 CCR, Chapter 4
State Minimum Operating and Design Standards for Active Landfills Title 27 CCR, Sections 20510-20705, and Sections 20710-20919.5
Report of Facility Information (RFI) Requirements Title 27 CCR, Section 21600
Definitions (Regulations) Title 27 CCR, Chapter 2
Definitions (Statute) PRC Sections 40100-40201
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR), Part 258 (Subtitle D), Section 258.2 

Other Resources

Statutory Definitions Pertinent to Landfills


Last updated: April 29, 2015
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