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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 3.6. Counties of 500,000 or Less Population [20150 - 20150.14]
  ( Heading of Article 3.6 amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1128, Sec. 9. )

20150.
  

The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by counties of 500,000 or less population as provided for in Part 2 (commencing with Section 25000) of Division 2 of Title 3 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.1.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other law, except as provided in subdivision (b) or (c), every county, whether general law or charter, containing a population of less than 500,000 shall employ bidding procedures on public projects as provided in this article. This article shall be liberally construed to effect its purposes. In the event of conflict with any other provision of law relative to bidding procedures, the provisions of this article shall apply.

(b) Every county, whether general law or charter, containing a population of less than 500,000 is authorized to participate in the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 22000) of Part 3 of Division 2.

(c) A county, whether general law or charter, containing a population of less than 500,000 may award individual annual contracts as provided in Section 20128.5.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 269, Sec. 22. (SB 184) Effective January 1, 2016.)

20150.2.
  

As used in this article, “public project” means:

(a) A project for the erection, improvement, and repair of public buildings and works.

(b) Work in or about streams, bays, waterfronts, embankments, or other work for protection against overflow, except maintenance, repair, or reconstruction work.

(c) Supplies and materials used in maintenance, repair, or reconstruction work in or about streams, bays, waterfronts, embankments; or other maintenance, repair, or reconstruction work for protection against overflow.

The provisions of this article shall not change existing law regarding inclusion or exclusion of labor or materials used for completion of the project.

Except for the erection, improvement and repair of public buildings, the construction of dams, reservoirs, powerplants and electrical transmission lines of 230,000 volts and higher, nothing in this article shall apply to a publicly owned water, power or waste disposal system.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.3.
  

Expenditures for public projects shall not include the costs of:

(a) Equipment, supplies and materials acquired by a public agency to enable the timely completion of a public project as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 20150.2 let to a contractor.

(b) Plans, specifications, engineering and advertising required for public projects.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.4.
  

Public projects between four thousand dollars ($4,000) and ten thousand dollars ($10,000) shall be let to contract by informal or formal bidding procedures.

Public projects of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and more shall, in all instances, be let to contract by formal bidding procedure.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.5.
  

Each county shall adopt ordinances or regulations providing for formal and informal bidding procedures as required by this article for public projects conducted by such county.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.6.
  

Ordinances or regulations establishing informal bidding procedures shall provide that the county shall, as soon as is practicable after the time for the renewal of contractors’ licenses, notify each contractor of the county of the opportunity to register with the county to be subsequently notified of informal bidding proceedings. The list of such contractors shall be a public record.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.7.
  

The notice inviting informal bids shall be by published notice and may, in addition, be supplemented by mailed notice to contractors registered pursuant to Section 20150.6. The county may cause the notice to be printed as display advertising in such form and style as it deems appropriate. The notice shall describe in general terms the project to be done and state a closing date for submission of such informal bids. Publication of notice pursuant to this section shall be in a newspaper of general circulation printed and published within the jurisdiction of the county, or, if there is no such newspaper within the jurisdiction of the county, publication shall be made in a newspaper of general circulation which is circulated in the jurisdiction of the county, or, if there is no such publication, the notice shall be posted in at least three public places within the jurisdiction of the county as have been designated by ordinance or regulation of such county as places for the posting of its notices. Notice shall be published in accordance with Section 6061 of the Government Code and shall be completed at least 24 hours before the time scheduled for opening of the bids.

In addition to notice published in a newspaper of general circulation, mailed, or posted, pursuant to this section, the county may also publish notice inviting bids in a trade publication.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.8.
  

The notices inviting formal bids shall state the time and place for the receiving and opening of sealed bids and distinctly state the project to be done. The first publication or posting of the notice shall be at least 10 days before the date of opening the bids. Notice shall be published at least twice, not less than five days apart, in a newspaper of general circulation, printed and published in the jurisdiction of the county, or, if there is no such newspaper within the jurisdiction of the county, publication shall be made in a newspaper of general circulation which is circulated in the jurisdiction of the county, or, if there is no such publication, the notice shall be posted in at least three public places within the jurisdiction of the county as have been designated by ordinance or regulation of such county as places for the posting of its notices.

In addition to notice published in a newspaper of general circulation, mailed, or posted, pursuant to this section, the county may also publish notice inviting bids in a trade publication.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.9.
  

In its discretion, the county may reject any bids presented. If, after the first invitation for bids, all bids are rejected, after reevaluating its cost estimates of the project, the county shall abandon the project or shall readvertise for bids in the manner prescribed by this article. If after readvertising, the county rejects all bids presented, the county may proceed with the project by use of county personnel or may readvertise. If two or more bids are the same and the lowest, the county may accept the one it chooses. If no bids are received, the county may have the project done without further complying with this article.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.10.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 20150.9, on any project which is less than seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000), if, after the first invitation for bids, all bids are rejected, the county may, after reevaluating its cost estimates of the project, pass a resolution by a four-fifths vote of its board of supervisors declaring that the project can be performed more economically by county personnel, or that in its opinion a contract to perform the project can be negotiated with the original bidders at a lower price than that in any of the bids, or the materials or supplies furnished at a lower price in the open market. Upon adoption of the resolution, it may have the project done in the manner stated without further complying with this article.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 694, Sec. 12.)

20150.11.
  

It shall be unlawful to split or separate into smaller work orders or projects any public project for the purpose of evading the provisions of this article requiring public projects to be done by contract after bidding. Every person who willfully violates this provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.12.
  

The board of supervisors of the county shall adopt plans, specifications, and working details for all public projects the expenditure for which exceeds ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.13.
  

All bidders on public projects which exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) in cost, shall be afforded the opportunity to examine the plans, specifications, and working details for the project.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

20150.14.
  

The provisions of this article shall not apply to the construction of any public building used for facilities of juvenile forestry camps or juvenile homes, ranches, or camps established under Article 15 (commencing with Section 880) of Chapter 2, Part 1, Division 2 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, if a major portion of the construction work is to be performed by wards of the juvenile court assigned to such camps, ranches, or homes; or to public projects employing prisoners pursuant to Section 25359 of the Government Code and public projects involving persons engaged in federal, state, or county job or work training programs.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 256, Sec. 82.)

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