SF Construction and Demolition Ordinance

Requiring all building materials, packaging, vegetation to be reused or recycled (Construction and Demolition Ordinance)

San Francisco, CA

SF  construction and demolition brochure   

SF construction and demolition brochure  

How you can benefit

If you have construction and demolition (C&D) debris, you can sell reusable or recyclable materials (such as metal, wood, drywall, cardboard, concrete, etc.) that are separated at the job site (source-separated). You must take them to a facility that reuses or recycles those materials, such as these Registered Facilities (per the C&D ordinance).

Mixed C&D debris must be transported off-site by Registered Transporters to Registered Facilities that process debris for recycling. C&D debris includes all building materials like asphalt, concrete, brick, rock, soil, lumber, gypsum wallboard, cardboard and other packaging, roofing, tile, carpeting, fixtures, pipes, metals, tree stumps and vegetation from clearing land.  


100% of C&D debris cannot be put in the garbage or landfill.

Who can take action

It applies to all construction, such as:

  • New construction
  • Remodels
  • Tenant improvements
  • Partial and full demolitions
  • Additions
  • Repairs


Mary Williams, Construction and Demolition Recycling Assistant, San Francisco Department of the Environment, (415) 355-3767, mary.williams@sfgov.org

Last Updated

September 9, 2015