In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, CDD staff has been working remotely and is available to answer questions and offer support Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Effective June 15, 2020, CDD staff is not available in person at City Hall. The Frequently Asked Questions below explain how to complete the CDD Certificate of Final Occupancy for Cal Green projects and how to submit a CDD deposit refund application. Please note that eligible CDD deposit refund checks may take longer than the usual 90 days to be mailed.
More than 30% of landfill waste is construction and demolition (C&D) debris. The CDD program ensures that at least 75% of this waste is recovered and diverted from landfills.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I submit a CDD deposit refund application?
Please use one of these three options:
- Email your application and weight tag images to CDDProgram@sanjoseca.gov.
- Mail your application and copies of weight tags to the address below. Do not mail your original weight tags (keep original copies for your records).
Environmental Services Dept.
Attn: CDD Program
200 E Santa Clara St., 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Enter your project information and weight tag images in Green Halo. You will need to create an account.
A CDD staff will contact you if additional information is needed.
- How do I get a CDD Certificate of Final Occupancy for Cal Green projects (Cal Green Sign Off)?
Please use one of these two options:
If your project is compliant you will get an email signoff response. A CDD staff will contact you if additional information is needed.
- I do not know if my project qualifies for a CDD deposit refund or a Cal Green Sign Off.
Please fill out this application, attach scanned weight tag images associated with the project, and email CDDProgram@sanjoseca.gov. A CDD staff will contact you if additional information is needed.
- Which haulers can I use to take my C&D waste to a Certified Facility?
Please see this list of Authorized Construction and Demolition Haulers List.
- Which Certified Facilities can I haul my waste to in order to recover my CDD Deposit?
Waste can be hauled to a City-Certified Facilities only on this map.
- Is there a difference between an authorized hauler and a city certified facility?
Yes, there is a difference. An authorized hauler provides debris boxes for C&D material, storage and/or transportation/logistics to the recycling facilities. A certified facility is required to recycle 75% of C&D material. An authorized hauler may also operate their own recycling operation, but it might not be City certified. To ensure compliance with San Jose’s CDD Program, check the most updated list of authorized haulers and the complete map of City Certified Facilities.
- Is there a difference between a City certified and permitted State facility?
Yes, the City of San Jose has its own certification program which is different from permitting of facilities conducted by the State of California. In order to be eligible for your CDD Deposit, confirm the facility you use to recycle your C&D material is a City Certified facility, and that at least 50% of the waste generated from your project will be diverted from landfill disposal (Municipal Code – 9.10.2440).
- Can I reuse or donate my C&D waste?
Yes, materials reused or donated comply with the CDD program, with the proper documentation. For additional information, please see Building Permit Holders.
- How do I receive my refunded deposit for my completed project?
You must comply with the CDD program to receive either a Certificate of Final Occupancy or a refund if you paid a deposit. For program requirements and further information, please see Building Permit Holders.
- What types of waste diversion facilities are certified?
The following four types of waste facilities can be certified: Administrative, Transfer Only, Transfer Station/Processing, and Landfills/Processing. For more information, please see Certified Waste Diversion Facilities.
- How can I certify my waste diversion facility to become part of the CDD Program?
Please complete and submit a C&D Recycling Facility application form (Microsoft Word document). The City will review the application, request and analyze data, visit the facility and determine if the facility is granted City certification status.
San José is conducting a pilot program with GreenHalo Systems to simplify your project waste and recycling reporting via paperless, online submissions.