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Public Works Contractors Beware: Starting July 1, 2014, Your Bid Must Include the License Number of Each Listed Subcontractor

by David B. Kuhlman
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP - San Diego Office

June 11, 2014

Previously published on May 2014

With some exceptions, contracts for public works construction projects in California must be competitively bid and awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. Generally speaking, a bid is “responsive” only if it promises to do what the public entity’s bid instructions require and fully complies with those instructions. As any contractor who has submitted a bid to a public entity is doubtlessly aware, the bid will be closely scrutinized not only by the public entity but also by other bidders for any irregularities. A bid irregularity, in turn, can lead to the rejection of the bid as non-responsive, either by the public entity acting on its own initiative or in response to a bid protest submitted by a competing bidder. In light of the considerable time and resources required to prepare a bid, the typical contractor can ill-afford to overlook any of the competitive bidding rules and requirements.


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