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Public Contract Code - PCC

DIVISION 2. GENERAL PROVISIONS [1100 - 22355]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1981, Ch. 306. )

PART 3. CONTRACTING BY LOCAL AGENCIES [20100 - 22178]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11. )

CHAPTER 1. Local Agency Public Construction Act [20100 - 20929]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11. )

ARTICLE 29. Public Entities—Municipal Improvement Act of 1913 [20480 - 20497]
  ( Heading of Article 29 amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1128, Sec. 37. )

20480.
  

The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by cities, cities and counties, or counties, or other entities, public corporations, or agencies authorized to operate under the Municipal Improvement Act of 1913, as provided for in Division 12 (commencing with Section 10000) of the Streets and Highways Code.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20481.
  

At any time after the preliminary approval of the report provided for in Section 10300 of the Streets and Highways Code, the legislative body may let the contract or contracts for all or any part of the improvement and authorize such acts and proceedings as are necessary to acquire works or appliances already installed, or other property, as authorized by this division.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20482.
  

Each contract shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder after notice inviting sealed proposals is published pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code in a newspaper published in the municipality, and designated by the legislative body for that purpose, or if there is no such newspaper by such posting as the legislative body may provide. The time fixed for the opening of the bids shall not be less than 14 days after the first publication or posting of the notice.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20483.
  

(a)All bids for construction work shall be presented under sealed cover and shall be accompanied by one of the following forms of bidder’s security which amounts to 10 percent of the bid:

(1) Cash.

(2) A cashier’s check made payable to the legislative body.

(3) A certified check made payable to the legislative body.

(4) A bidder’s bond executed by an admitted surety insurer, made payable to the legislative body.

The amount so posted shall be forfeited to the municipality if the bidder does not, within 15 days after written notice that the contract has been awarded to the bidder, enter into a contract with the municipality for the work. Upon an award to the lowest bidder, the security of an unsuccessful bidder shall be returned in a reasonable period of time, but in no event shall that security be held by the legislative body beyond 60 days from the time the award is made.

(b) The faithful performance of the contract shall be secured by an undertaking in that penal sum as the legislative body requires, but not less than 25 percent of the contract price, satisfactory to the legislative body. When the proceedings include the acquisition or construction of works, appliances, or improvements to be owned, managed or controlled by a public agency other than the municipality making the acquisitions or ordering the work done, the legislative body of the municipality may require that the undertaking also inure to the benefit of the public agency to the extent of its interest in the entire project. The contractor shall also furnish a labor and material bond as required by law in a sum not less than 50 percent of the contract price.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 808, Sec. 30.)

20484.
  

Notice of award of the contract shall be published by the clerk of the legislative body once in the newspaper in which the notice of improvement was published.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20485.
  

The owners of three-fourths of the area of lands assessed or liable to be assessed, or their agents (who shall make oath that they are such owners or agents), shall not be required to present sealed proposals or bids, but may, within 10 days after the publication of the notice of the award of the contract, elect to take the work and enter into a written contract to do the whole work at prices not exceeding the prices specified in the bid of the bidder to whom the contract was awarded, and all work done under such contract shall be subject to such regulations as may be prescribed by the legislative body.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20486.
  

If the owners fail to elect to take the work and to enter into a written contract therefor within 10 days, or to commence the work within 15 days after the date of the written contract, and to prosecute the same with diligence to completion, a contract shall be entered into with the original bidder to whom the contract was awarded at the prices specified in his bid.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20487.
  

If, in the opinion of the legislative body, the public interest will not be served by allowing the property owners to take a contract, it may so provide in the resolution of intention. In that event, no notice of award of contract need be published pursuant to Section 20484.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 548. Effective January 1, 2007.)

20488.
  

The contract shall provide that the work shall be done strictly in accordance with the plans and specifications contained in the report provided for in Sections 10200, 10201, 10202, 10203, 10204, and 10300 of the Streets and Highways Code. The work shall be done under the supervision of the board officer, or person by whom the report was made, and no work or portion of the work shall be paid for until it is approved for payment by that board officer, or person, but this shall not prevent approval of and payment for completed portions of the work as it progresses. Payment made for completed portions of the work shall not constitute final acceptance of these portions or of the completed project.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20489.
  

The provisions of the Improvement Act of 1911 relating to liquidated damages are incorporated in this division.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20490.
  

If the contractor abandons the work, or fails to proceed with the work as rapidly as required by his contract, the legislative body may declare him in default and relet the work in the manner set forth in this chapter for letting the original contract, or it may complete the work by direct purchase of labor and materials, and retain out of any funds due or to become due the contractor the amount of the cost of the work and any expense incidental to reletting the contract or performing the work, and also hold the contractor and his sureties responsible for such cost and expense, and for any damages resulting from the abandonment or failure upon his bond.

Notice of the declaration of default shall be given by the clerk of the legislative body by personal service or by mail. Upon receipt of such notice, the contractor shall forthwith quit the work, and shall receive no payment for any work performed thereafter unless ordered to resume the work by the legislative body.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20491.
  

At any time within 10 days after the award of any contract pursuant to this chapter, or if no bids are received, at any time within 10 days after the time fixed for the opening of bids by resolution adopted by a vote of two-thirds of all its members, the legislative body may order that the proposed contract be not made, and that the municipality itself execute the work in accordance with the plans and specifications adopted for the work.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20492.
  

If the work is abandoned by the city before work is actually started or before any materials, supplies or equipment have been furnished or used, the incidental expenses incurred previous to such abandonment, unless provision has otherwise been made therefor, shall be paid out of the city treasury, but such expense for which the city is liable and which shall have been paid by it may be charged as incidental expenses against the district benefited in any new proceeding had or taken for any work which includes substantially the same work as that which was included in the abandoned proceedings.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20496.
  

The provisions of Title 3 (commencing with Section 9000) of Part 6 of Division 4 of the Civil Code are hereby expressly made applicable to the construction of works and improvements under this article.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 697, Sec. 50. (SB 189) Effective January 1, 2011. Operative July 1, 2012, by Sec. 105 of Ch. 697.)

20497.
  

If in the opinion of the legislative body the public interest will not be served by allowing the property owners to take the contract it may so provide in the resolution of intention.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

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