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Public Contract Code - PCC


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


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

CHAPTER 1.5. Water District Acts [20930 - 21641]

  ( Chapter 1.5 added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1128, Sec. 69. )

ARTICLE 97. Placer County Water Agency [21320 - 21322]
  ( Article 97 added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1128, Sec. 69. )


The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by the Placer County Water Agency, as provided for in Chapter 1234 of the Statutes of 1957.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1128, Sec. 69.)


(a) All contracts for any improvement or unit of work, when the cost according to the estimate of the engineer will exceed thirty thousand dollars ($30,000), shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder or bidders as provided in this article. The board shall first determine whether the contract shall be let as a single unit, or divided into severable parts. The board shall advertise for bids by three insertions in a daily newspaper of general circulation or by two insertions in a weekly newspaper of general circulation printed and published in the agency’s jurisdiction, inviting sealed proposals for the construction or performance of the improvement or work. The call for bids shall state whether the work shall be performed in one unit or divided into parts. The work may be let under a single contract or several contracts, as stated in the call.

The board shall require the successful bidders to file with the board good and sufficient bonds to be approved by the board conditioned upon the faithful performance of the contract and upon the payment of their claims for labor and material. The bonds shall comply with Title 3 (commencing with Section 9000) of Part 6 of Division 4 of the Civil Code.

(b) The board may reject any bid. In the event all proposals are rejected or no proposals are received, or the estimated cost of the work does not exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000), or the work consists of channel protection, maintenance, or emergency work, the board may have the work done by force account without advertising for bids. In case of an emergency, if notice for bids to let contracts will not be given, the board shall comply with Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 22050). In the event that no proposals are received, or if only one responsive proposal is received, the board may negotiate a contract for construction or performance of the work or improvement or substantially similar work or improvement. However, if only one responsive proposal is received, the contract must be negotiated with the bidder.

(c) The agency may purchase in the open market without advertising for bids, materials and supplies for use in any work, either under contract or by force account.

(d) Sections 4300 to 4305, inclusive, of the Government Code do not apply to the agency’s Middle Fork American River Project.

(e) This section applies to all proposals or contracts whether or not received or entered into prior to the effective date of the amendment of this provision made at the 1963 Regular Session of the Legislature.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 697, Sec. 77. (SB 189) Effective January 1, 2011. Operative July 1, 2012, by Sec. 105 of Ch. 697.)


Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 21321, contracts may be let for work without advertising in cases of significant emergency as determined by the board. Cases of significant emergency include, but are not limited to:

(1) States of emergency as specified in Section 8558 of the Government Code.

(2) When emergency repair or replacement is necessary to permit the continued operation or service of the agency.

(3) When the emergency work is necessary to avoid danger to life or property.

Any action taken under this section must be authorized by a unanimous vote of the board members present. Additionally, the board must find, based on substantial evidence set forth in the minutes of its meeting, that the emergency work is necessary for the stated reasons.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 687, Sec. 1. Effective October 4, 1993.)

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