Construction & Demolition (C&D) Debris Diversion Program
NEW REQUIREMENT City of Palo Alto Deconstruction Requirements Effective January 1st, 2017
Effective January 1, 2017 the City of Palo Alto Development Services Department will begin requiring a deconstruction survey on all single-family residences requesting a building demolition permit.
On October 24th, 2016, the Palo Alto City Council approved local amendments to the California Building Code that requires all single-family residential dwelling units required to obtain a demolition permit to complete a deconstruction survey provided by a third party approved by the Chief Building Official. The requirements reside within ordinance 5393. The survey shall include a list of materials that are reusable from the project, as well as the values of such materials. This information will be submitted as part of the Demolition Permit Procedures.
The City of Palo Alto’s construction and demolition (C&D) debris diversion requirements are located within Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Chapter 16.14 and are based on the California Green Building Code. All demolition permits (whole structure and interior non-structural) and all building permits with a valuation of $25,000 or greater are subject to the requirements. A minimum 80% construction waste reduction is required for all covered residential projects. A minimum 80% construction waste reduction is required for all covered commercial projects.
The specific municipal code sections that address debris diversion as well as deconstruction and reuse of existing materials are listed below:
Residential Projects (Single Family and Two-Family Residential Use)
PAMC 16.14.130: Section A4.105 Deconstruction and reuse of existing materials
PAMC 16.14.260: Section A4.408.1 Enhanced construction waste reduction
Commercial Projects (Commercial Uses and Multi-Family Residential Uses [with three or more units])
PAMC 16.14.370: Section A5.408 Construction waste, reduction, disposal and recycling
PAMC 16.14.410: Section 5.105 Deconstruction and reuse of existing structures