What do I need to bid on a Public Works project?

A Contractor or subcontractor working on a public works project must, at a minimum, meet the following mandatory requirements (RCW 39.04.350):

  • At the time of bid submittal, have a certificate of registration in compliance with chapter 18.27 RCW (Contractor License);
  • Have a current state unified business identifier (UBI) number;
  • If applicable, have industrial insurance coverage for the bidder’s employees working in Washington as required in Title 51 RCW; an employment security department number as required in Title 50 RCW and a state excise tax registration number as required in Title 82 RCW;
  • Not be disqualified from bidding on any public works contract under RCW 39.06.010 or 39.12.065(3);
  • Not have any apprenticeship violations, if applicable;
  • Have received training on the requirements related to public works and prevailing wage under chapter 39.04 RCW and chapter 39.12 RCW, or received exemption from this requirement by completing three or more public works projects and have had a valid business license in Washington for three or more years;
  • Within the three-year period immediately preceding the date of the bid solicitation, not have been determined by a final and binding citation and notice of assessment issued by the department of labor and industries or through a civil judgment entered by a court of limited or general jurisdiction to have willfully violated, as defined in RCW  49.48.082, any provision of chapter  49.46, 49.48, or  49.52 RCW, and
  • Before award of a public works contract, a bidder shall submit to the contracting agency a signed statement in accordance with RCW 9A.72.085 verifying under penalty of perjury that the bidder is in compliance with the responsible bidder criteria requirement of subsection (1)(g) of RCW 39.04.350. 
Washington State RCW 39.04.350

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1. What is Public Work?
2. What is required of a Contractor once they are awarded a Public Works Contract?
3. When will I get my retainage back?
4. What do I need to bid on a Public Works project?
5. Why are bonds required?
6. What is retainage?
7. What is prevailing wage?
8. What is a Notice of Completion?
9. Are prevailing wages required for non-standard items?