Mandatory Listing of Contractors License Numbers on Public Works

By March 23, 2015 October 25th, 2018 Construction Litigation Blog, Patty League
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I read an interesting article in the recent National Association of Women in Construction Newsletter, Orange County Chapter, pertaining to mandatory listing of Contractors’ License Numbers on Public Works projects. You can visit the newsletter link here, or read as follows:

Mandatory Listing of Contractors License Numbers on Public Works

To help ensure that only qualified and licensed contractors are working on public projects, a recent change in Public Contract Code (section 4104) requires the bidding contractor to include the California contractor license number of each subcontractor who will perform work or labor or render service to the prime contractor on a public project.

The section also provides that an inadvertent error in listing the California contractor license number shall not be grounds for filing a bid protest or grounds for considering the bid non-responsive if the corrected contractor’s license number is submitted to the public entity by the prime contractor within 24 hours after the bid opening and provided the corrected contractor’s license number corresponds to the submitted name and location for that subcontractor.

Although there is a grace period included when the omission is in error, it is not recommended that a bidding contractor wait to provide the license numbers of its subcontractors in reliance on this 24 hour window since the failure to provide the information will ultimately result in the bid being deemed non-responsive if the information is not provided within 24 hours.