Land Use and Permit Application

If you are seeking project approval or are unsure whether your business or multi-family project has been approved, please contact the Riverside County Planning Department  at (951) 955-3200. 

Once your project is approved, verify permit requirements with the Riverside County Building & Safety Department by calling (951) 955-1800 or visiting the Permit Assistance Center at 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92502 or 77588 El Duna, Ct., Suite H, Palm Desert, CA 92211.

During the permitting process, please contact the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources at 951-486-3200 for information about how to comply with the permit requirements relating to the following regulations:

  • CalGreen Code - C&D regulations

Riverside County must comply with the California Green Building Standards Code, which includes mandatory C&D recycling. Projects that require a building permit have the potential to generate C&D waste and therefore may be required to complete the following:

Step 1:  Waste Recycling Plan (WRP) - Form B to identify the estimated quantity and location of recycling for C&D waste resulting from the project, prior to permit issuance.

Step 2:  Waste  Reporting Form - Form C is required upon completion of the project, prior to final inspection and demonstrates the actual quantity of C&D waste recycled.

  • AB341 - Mandatory Commercial Recycling & AB1826 - Mandatory Organics Recycling (for businesses and multi-family residential uses only).

Step 3:  Mandatory Commercial Recycling and Organics Recycling Compliance - Form D  requires applicants to identify programs or plans that address commercial and organics recycling, in compliance with AB 341 and AB 1826, prior to permit issuance.

Our team of Recycling Specialists will review your completed Form D to verify that the project and end use of the property is in compliance with commercial and organics recycling. 

Step 4:  Design Guidelines for for Refuse/Recyclables Collection and Loading Areas are intended to assist project proponents in identifying space and other design considerations for Refuse/Recyclables Collection and Loading Areas in compliance with AB 1826- Mandatory Organics Recycling, AB 341- Mandatory Commercial Recycling, and SB 1327- California Solid Waste Reuse and Recycling Act of 1991. 

This requirement is typically applied to new development projects during the design stage, prior to project approval, for new construction. However, in some cases, this requirement may be applied to existing businesses and multi-family developments seeking building permits that are not in compliance with commercial and organics recycling regulations, as determined by the Recycling Section.