• Public Works Contractors Beware: Starting July 1, 2014, Your Bid Must Include the License Number of Each Listed Subcontractor
  • June 11, 2014 | Author: David B. Kuhlman
  • Law Firm: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP - San Diego Office
  • 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.