Business License: 99016306

For general information:

City of Irvine Office
6427 Oak Canyon
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone Number: (949) 724-7600
Official City of Irvine website:

You can reach the Public Works Department at (949) 724-7365 for general Public Works information.


Building Plan Check/Codes (City of Irvine)

(949) 724-6313

Plans submitted in connection with a permit application will be reviewed by the City Plan Check staff for compliance with the provisions of all City adopted codes and regulations, and for compliance with the State mandated energy conservation standards and handicapped accessibility regulations.

Click here for Building Plan Check Procedures.


All proposed grading, architectural, structural, electrical, plumbing and mechanical plans are required to be drawn to scale on blue line prints. Grading plans are required to be drawn on 30" x 42" sheets. Indicate the existing conditions, location, nature and extent of the proposed work in sufficient detail to demonstrate conformance to City codes and standards.

Each individual sheet of construction plans must be signed by the person responsible for their preparation. Each sheet of such plans, calculations and reports for non-exempt works (works not exempted by the State from the licensing requirements) shall be signed and sealed by the California State Licensed engineer or architect responsible for their preparation.

A seismic evaluation must be reviewed and approved by the City when grading is proposed in a seismic hazard zone, as identified by the State Department of Mines and Geology. Upon approval, the City is required to submit one copy of the evaluation to the State geologist.


Energy conservation documentation shall include both Title 24 calculations and compliance forms. Compliance forms shall be mad part of the plans.


To justify the project design, specific information may be requested. This information may include a Water Quality Management Plan, structural calculations, or a geotechnical investigation report addressing hydrology and hydraulics. For grading projects, submittal of a grading cost estimate will be required for calculating grading bond fee amounts.

Corrections Release and Resubmittals

Corrections will be released when all reviewing groups (Building & Safety, Planning, Orange County Fire Authority, Development Engineering, etc.) have completed their reviews. Corrections may be released in advance individually upon request; however, no resubmittal may be made until all corrections have been incorporated into the resubmittal package.

The appropriate number of plans sets and documents must be resubmitted as they will be distributed to the appropriate sections for concurrent reviews. If there is any doubt as to the number of sets to be resubmitted on a particular project, please call the One-Stop Permit Counter at 949-724-6313. Be sure to provide the plan check number.


The Chief Building Official may waive the submission of plans, calculations, construction inspection requirements and other data if it is found that plan review is not necessary to obtain compliance with the codes and regulations.

Right-of-Way Permits - General Information

Any construction or demolition occurring in City Of Irvine that involves work within the public right-of-way requires an encroachment permit issued by the City Of Irvine Community Development Department, prior to beginning the work.

Encroachment permits vary in type and cost based on the kind and amount of work that will take place in the public right-of-way. The most common encroachment permits involves: street closure - these are necessary when construction activities impede traffic flow or involve full or partial closure of any roadways in the City Of Irvine.

An encroachment permit is also required for the construction of drive approach gutters that enter or are adjacent to the public right-of-way. If you have questions about the necessity of an encroachment permit, or for more information about obtaining one, please contact The Community Development Department located at 1 Civic Center Plaza from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on alternate Fridays, City Hall is closed every other Friday, or by phone at (949) 724-6313.

Weekly Trash Pick-up:

Waste Collection in Irvine

Waste Management of Orange County
Phone: (949) 642-1191

  • Curbside Pick-up
    Waste Management provides three carts for automated collection of trash, recyclables and green waste. Carts are available in three sizes: 35 gallons, 64 gallons and 96 gallons. Trash, recyclables and green waste are picked up weekly.
  • Bulky Item Pick-up
    For items that are too large to fit into the trash cart, residents may request the free pick up of household bulky goods two times per year. We will retrieve up to four large items such as furniture, appliances or up to 20 plastic bags of refuse or bundles of yard waste (less than 50 pounds each) for each request. Advance notice is required. To schedule a free bulky goods pick up, please contact Waste Management at (714) 558-7761, (949) 642-1191 or (562) 694-3730. Additional pick ups are available for a nominal fee.
  • Holiday Service
    Waste collection services does not occur on the following days: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. When the holiday falls on a weekday, residential collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be NO delays.

Hazardous Material:

Household Hazardous Waste must be handled and disposed of with care in order to avoid polluting the environment and possible health hazards.

The following items are considered household hazardous waste:

  • Aerosols (paint, cleaners, lubricants)
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Auto polish & wax
  • Batteries (auto & household)
  • Cleaning Solution
  • Compact Fluorescent Light-bulbs (CFLs)
  • Cosmetics (nail polish & remover)
  • Electronic-Waste
  • Fertilizers
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Furniture polish & wax
  • Herbicides
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Motor Oil
  • Oil filters
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Pool Supplies
  • Sharps/Needles

*Please keep in mind that it is illegal to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of HHW per trip (Department of Transportation requirement).

Also, don't forget to take advantage of the County's "Stop & Swap" program. The "Stop & Swap" program is available at the County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center and allows you to drop off any products that you might no longer need such as paint, fertilizers, and electronic waste.

Hazardous Waste Collection Centers

There are four convenient centers located throughout Orange County that accept residential toxic waste. All of the centers are open Tuesday-Saturday 9a.m.-3p.m. and are closed on rainy days and holidays. Note: proof of Orange County residency is required.

Irvine Regional HHW Center
6411 Oak Canyon (adjacent to the City of Irvine O.S.F.)

Anaheim Regional HHW Center
1071 N. Blue Gum Street

Huntington Beach Regional HHW Center
17121 Nichols Street

San Juan Capistrano Regional HHW Center
32250 La Pata Ave.

For more information on any of the aforementioned centers or materials accepted, please contact Integrated Waste Management directly at (714) 834-4000 or by Downloading the PDF.

Recycling Ordinance:

The City of Irvine adopted the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Recycling and Reuse Ordinance (07-18) on November 27, 2007. This Ordinance is now in effect and requires certain projects to recycle or reuse 75 percent of concrete and asphalt and 50 percent of the other debris generated. Its purpose is to increase the diversion of C&D debris from disposal facilities and will assist the City in meeting the State's 50 percent solid waste reduction mandate.

Key elements of the Ordinance include:

  1. Requirement to arrange for or facilitate deconstruction, dismantling, salvage, and recovery of still usable or reusable components prior to demolition.
  2. Submittal and Approval of a Waste Management Plan for any Covered Project. A Covered Project is defined as:
    • All projects involving new or existing residential development, except for renovations of a single residential unit;
    • All projects involving new non-residential development;
    • All projects involving new non-residential demolition and/or renovation of 10,000 square feet or greater of project area. NOTE: Projects such as emergency demolitions to protect public health and safety, seismic retrofits, and other specialized projects identified in the ordinance are exempt.
  3. Posting of a refundable "Waste Diversion Fee Deposit" to the City in the form of cash, letter of credit, money order, bond, or other method of payment acceptable to the City. This amount of the fee is calculated at $1.00 per square foot of building area, up to $50,000. The deposit will be refunded upon completion of the project if the applicant provides the City with satisfactory proof of required waste diversion. Failure to demonstrate achievement of diversion requirements could result in forfeiture of the fee deposit but will not prohibit release of Certificates of Occupancy.

The ordinance is intended to encourage developers and contractors to follow through in meeting waste diversion commitments and to fully implement approved recycling plans. We appreciate the cooperation of all project applicants as we implement this ordinance. Thank you for your assistance in helping the City meet its goals to reduce the amount of waste flowing to local landfills.

Please contact Mike Byrne in the Public Works Department with any questions you may have regarding this ordinance and its requirements.

Irvine Public Works Department
Contact: Mike Byrne
Phone: (949) 724-6357