Demolition Requirements

Construction and Demolition Debris Ordinance


The City of San Mateo is committed to enhancing the community, and its environment. We require that certain debris generated from construction and demolition projects be recycle helping us to divert the material from going to landfill. The Ordinance requires that a Construction and Demolition Recycling and Waste Reduction Plan, and a security deposit, be submitted as a condition of the building permit. Click her to find out more about permits

The Ordinance further requires that documentation of the required diversion rate be submitted at the project's completion of the final inspection as a condition of returning the deposit. This will assist us in complying with State laws requiring citywide diversion goals. Find information and the form here: Construction and Demolition Recycling and Waste Reduction Plan.

PCBs and Demolition Permit Requirements


Part of our commitment includes protecting our waterways from the dangers of Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), industrial chemicals made and used in construction since 1929. PCBs were banned in 1979 after there was evidence they caused very serious health effects, including some cancers, on the immune, nervous and endocrine systems. 

To mitigate the dangers of PCBs in our water, the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) is requiring that Bay Area  municipalities address potential sources to urban runoff, including certain building materials (e.g., caulks, sealants, insulation) that may still contain PCBs. The Municipal Regional Permit (MRP), which is issued by the RWQCB, requires Bay Area local agencies to develop and implement a program by July 1, 2019 to keep PCBs from construction demolitions out of storm drains during building demolition. To learn more, click here