Construction & Demolition Waste Management

About the Program

The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability division manages the City’s Construction and Demolition Debris program. Our goal is to help your project meet state and local requirements by diverting as much landfill-bound waste as possible and protecting our local environment from harmful pollutants.

The Construction and Demolition Debris Program helps ensure that all projects comply with state and local laws. In accordance with the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), all new residential, commercial, and mixed-use construction projects in Ventura are required to divert a minimum of 65 percent of construction and demolition (C&D) waste from landfill disposal. In order to ensure that all projects in the City are compliant, building permit applicants must submit a Waste Management Plan (WMP) for approval before receiving a permit and a Final Report at the time of Final Inspection of their project. The WMP will describe how each applicant plans to manage the waste generated on their project. The Final Report will provide the documentation to show that the applicant carried out their plan as described and achieved the required diversion rate for the project. For more information about the program, check out the Helpful Tips for Ventura Builders and Residents on Construction and Demolition Debris.
The City requires stormwater best management practices (BMPs) be implemented at any construction or demolition activity, clearing, grading, grubbing, or excavation or any other activity that results in a land disturbance. An effective combination of stormwater pollution controls to prevent erosion, sediment loss, and the discharge of wastes to the storm drain system are required to be implemented during all construction and demolition activities. More information can be found here.

The most efficient way to submit a Waste Management Plan and a Final Report is by scanning and emailing the completed forms to In-person sign offs are not offered at this time. For additional information and assistance with filling out the Waste Management Plan, please contact Kelsey Hammond at or 805-667-6502.

Who Must Comply with CALGREEN Standards?

• All new construction of permitted structures
• All demolition of permitted structures
• Additions and alterations to residential buildings that increase the structure’s conditioned area, volume or size are also required to meet the 65% minimum diversion requirement
    • All new construction of permitted structures
    • All demolition of permitted structures
    • Additions of permitted structures
    • Alterations of permitted structures 

    2019 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) Part 11 of Title 24, California Code of Regulations. The applicable sections for residential construction can be found in Section 4.408 and in Section 5.408 for most non-residential new construction. Sections 301.1.1 and 301.3 addresses additions and alterations diversion requirements. SOURCE

    How Can I Comply?

    In the City of Ventura there are two options for handling construction waste:

    The first is to use the City’s franchise hauler, E. J. Harrison & Sons. They are the only authorized hauler for solid waste (City of Ventura Ordinance Code Article 2, Sec. 6.500.210 et. seq.) E.J. Harrison & Sons can assist by diverting at least 65% of the materials and provide final reporting forms for the project. Please inform them if the construction project is under a WMP when ordering service. To request services from E.J. Harrison, please call their customer service line at (805) 647-1414.

    The second option is to self-haul material. Self-hauling of C&D materials is allowed only when a licensed contractor uses his/her own employees and equipment as an incidental part of the total service (City Ordinance Code Article 2, Section 6.500.230.5). If the contractor does not have his/her own bins and hauling equipment or employees to self-haul, the contractor is required to use E. J. Harrison & Sons services. All contractors that self-haul are encouraged to segregate the C&D waste on-site and direct haul the materials to local recycling facilities. For projects that require a WMP, the contractor is responsible for submitting to the City of Ventura, all necessary forms, weight tags and final reports on waste diversion for the project.  

    Looking for a self-haul drop off location near you? The County of Ventura provides a list of all available recycling, disposal, and re-use facilities in the County. In order to determine what percent diversion a facility can provide your project, please call the facility. All self-haulers are responsible for ensuring that the chosen facility will provide the required diversion rate of 65%.

    Helpful Links & Phone Numbers

    1. Kelsey Hammond

      Phone: 805-677-6502