Development Review


Development review is a function of the Engineering Division that ensures private development projects comply with legal requirements and meet the City's high standards of quality, safety and functionality. This is accomplished through:

  • All applicable codes and City Standards for new development projects
  • Geotechnical studies
  • Grading
  • Improvement and other construction plans for conformance with the conditions of approval
  • Review of subdivision or parcel maps
  • Subdivision Map Act

View Public Works Standards (PDF).

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The Engineering Division is also responsible for the review and issuance of permits for any work to be performed within the public right-of-way such as driveways and water and sewer connections.

View the Public Right of Way Encroachment and Construction Permit (PDF).

Please be sure to visit Underground Service Alert of Southern California (USA) to have public utilities marked near any work site that will involve excavation at least 2 full working days before excavation is scheduled to begin.  SoCal Gas reminds you of the dangers associated with natural gas pipelines in this Pipeline Safety Bulletin.  

Construction & Demolition Recycling Requirements

The California Green Building Standards Code requires project applicants to recycle or divert from landfills at least 65% of the waste created by construction projects.

Prior to issuance of any building, demolition, grading and/or landscape permit, the project applicant shall submit a Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan (WRRP) to the Engineering Division demonstrating the amount of waste to be generated and a plan to divert at least 65% of all project-related construction and demolition waste from local landfills.

Security Deposit

The WRRP will be reviewed in conjunction with the permit application to determine the project security deposit amount. The security deposit will be collected with a $50 application fee prior to permit issuance. The application fee will only be collected if a security deposit is required.

The security deposit will be refunded once the Building Division has signed off on the project and the applicant has demonstrated that a minimum of 65% of the project waste was diverted from the landfill. Upon project completion, all permittees are required to submit a WRRP Final Project Report detailing all project-related construction and demolition debris collection, disposal and diversion information and receipts and/or weight tickets to substantiate reported waste diversion.

Failure to comply with recycling requirements may result in the forfeiture of the applicant’s deposit

Waste Hauler

The City encourages applicants to utilize the City’s contract waste hauler. The City requires the hauler to process all construction and demolition material in a manner that removes recyclable materials prior to delivery to the landfill. This eliminates the need for on-site sorting of waste by material type and delivery to multiple processing facilities. Refund of the security deposit is generally accelerated due to reduced need for staff review.

Self-Hauling Recommendations & Project Site Waste Management

Should you choose to self-haul recyclable material to a processing facility(ies), the City of Tustin requires that you report the amount of waste that is recycled by material type. Please refer to page 2 of the application for the complete list. 

To best account for specific material types, the City recommends good project site waste separation practices to ensure that recyclable materials are recovered and sent to recycling facilities. Utilizing separate disposal bins for different material types is one method to easily separate materials. Permit applicants, not a waste hauler, are responsible for ensuring that recyclable materials are delivered to the appropriate facility.

Applications & Other Resources