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Increased Contract Bid Threshold Effective January 1, 2022

  • December 23, 2021

December 23, 2021

Effective January 1, 2022, the bid threshold for school district contracts competitively bid pursuant to Public Contract code section 20111(a) has been increased from $96,700 to $99,100. This bid threshold applies to any of the following:

  • Equipment, materials, or supplies furnished, sold, or leased to the district;
  • Non-construction services; or
  • Repairs, including maintenance (as defined in Public Contract Code section 20115, that are not public projects (as defined in Public Contract Code section 22002(c)).

The College Finance and Facilities Department of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has also advised that it will shortly publish a memorandum confirming an identical adjustment to the bid threshold for similar types of contracts let pursuant to Public Contract Code section 20651(a) applicable to community college districts.

The bid threshold for construction services contracts remains at $15,000, unless the district has adopted the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUPCCAA).

For school districts and community colleges that have adopted the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUPCCAA), bid thresholds for construction services contracts for agencies, including school and community college districts, are unchanged from 2019 and remain as follows:

  • Public projects of $60,000 or less may be performed by the employees of a public agency by force account, by negotiated contract, or by purchase order without bidding;
  • Public projects of $200,000 or less may be awarded by informal bidding procedures; and
  • Public projects of more than $200,000 must be awarded by formal bidding procedures.

For more information about the increased bid thresholds, updated front end construction documents, or whether CUPCCAA is a good fit for your District, please contact a DWK attorney in our Business, Property and Construction practice group.

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