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Laws Affecting Public School Construction in California
Most of the requirements governing design and construction of k-12 public school facilities in California are governed by the following California Codes:
• Government Code
• Civil Code
• Code of Civil Procedure
• Labor Code
• Education Code
• Public Contract Code
• Building Standards Code
Quick Bidding Reference
Construction cost over $1,000 prevailing Wages must be paid.
California Labor Code Section 1771
Construction cost over $15,000 must be publicly bid
California Public Contract Code Section 20111
Construction Cost up to $45,000 may be negotiated if a district has elected to participate in the Informal Bidding Act (IBA)
Public Contract Code section 22000 et seq.
Project Value up to $90,200 and defined as Maintenance (or Furniture and Equipment purchases) are defined as not being public works projects, and thus do not have to be publicly bid. See "Maintenance" concussion opposite.
Construction cost up to $175,000 may be procured via Informal Bidding Act procedures, if a district has adopted to participate in the Informal Bidding Act. (IBA)
Public Contract Code section 22000 et seq.
Construction cost greater than $1,000,000 allows a Design-Build Process.
Education Code Section 17250.20
Projects over $15,000 require bidders to provide a bid security or bid bond.
Public Contract Code Section 20111 (b)
Public works projects over $25,000 require a payment bond.
California Civil Code Section 3247-3248
Requiring a Performance Bond is a best practice. Performance bonds are usually provided in conjunction with Payment Bonds
Informal Bidding Act
Applicable if a School District has chosen to participate in the California Informal Bidding Act procedures
California Public Contract Code Section 20111 (b)
(a) Public projects of forty-five thousand dollars ($45,000) or less may be performed by the employees of a public agency by force account, by negotiated contract, or by purchase order.
(b) Public projects of one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars($175,000) or less may be let to contract by informal procedures as set forth in this article.
(c) Public projects of more than one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars ($175,000) shall, except as otherwise provided in this article, be let to contract by formal bidding procedure.
California Public Contract Code Section 22002
(d) "Public project" does not include maintenance work. For purposes of this section, "maintenance work" includes all of the following:
(1) Routine, recurring, and usual work for the preservation or protection of any publicly owned or publicly operated facility for its intended purposes.
2) Minor repainting.
(3) Resurfacing of streets and highways at less than one inch.
(4) Landscape maintenance, including mowing, watering, trimming, pruning, planting, replacement of plants, and servicing of irrigation and sprinkler systems.
(5) Work performed to keep, operate, and maintain publicly owned water, power, or waste disposal systems, including, but not limited to, dams, reservoirs, powerplants, and electrical transmission lines of 230,000 volts and higher.
e) For purposes of this chapter, "facility" means any plant, building, structure, ground facility, utility system, subject to the limitation found in paragraph (3) of subdivision (c), real property, streets and highways, or other public work improvement.
Division of the State Architect /California Building Code
The California Building Code (CBC) has separate and unrelated categories for Maintenance projects and projects that do not require submittal to DSA. Refer to our DSA page for more information.
Lease Lease Back
Education Code 17400-07
Government Code Section 4217.0
Government Code Section 201118
20118.1. The governing board of any school district may contract with an acceptable party who is one of the three lowest responsible bidders for the procurement or maintenance, or both, of electronic data-processing systems and supporting software in any manner the board deems appropriate
Public Contract Code Section 20118
Force Account Labor
Public Contract Code 20113, 20114, 20115
California Public Contract Code Section 20113
(a) In an emergency when any repairs, alterations, work, or improvement is necessary to any facility of public schools to permit the continuance of existing school classes, or to avoid danger to life or property, the board may, by unanimous vote, with the approval of the county superintendent of schools, do either of the following:
(1) Make a contract in writing or otherwise on behalf of the district for the
performance of labor and furnishing of materials or supplies for the purpose
without advertising for or inviting bids.
(2) Notwithstanding Section 20114, authorize the use of day labor or force
account for the purpose.
(b) Nothing in this section shall eliminate the need for any bonds or security
otherwise required by law.
California Public Contract Code Section 20114
(a) In each school district, the governing board may make repairs, alterations, additions, or painting, repainting, or decorating upon school buildings, repair or build apparatus or equipment, make improvements on the school grounds, erect new buildings, and perform maintenance as defined in Section 20115 by day labor, or by force account, whenever the total number of hours on the job does not exceed 350 hours.
[For very large school districts...]
Moreover, in any school district having an average daily attendance of 35,000
or greater, the governing board may, in addition, make repairs to school
building, grounds, apparatus, or equipment, including painting or repainting, and perform maintenance, as defined in Section 20115, by day labor or by force account whenever the total number of hours on the job does not exceed 750 hours, or when the cost of material does not exceed twenty-one thousand dollars ($21,000)
(b) For purposes of this section, day labor shall include the use of maintenance personnel employed on a permanent or temporary basis.
Definition of "maintenance for purposes of section 20114"
California Public Contract Code Section 20115
For purposes of Section 20114
“maintenance” means routine, recurring, and usual work for the preservation, protection, and keeping of any publicly owned or publicly operated facility for its intended purposes in a safe and continually usable condition for which it was designed, improved, constructed, altered, or repaired.
“Facility” means any plant, building, structure, ground facility, utility system, or real property.
This definition of “maintenance” expressly includes, but is not limited to: carpentry, electrical, plumbing, glazing, and other craftwork designed consistent with the definition set forth above to preserve the facility in a safe, efficient, and continually usable condition for which it was intended, including repairs, cleaning, and other operations on machinery and other equipment permanently attached to the building or realty as fixtures.
This definition does not include, among other types of work, janitorial or custodial services and protection of the sort provided by guards or other security forces.
It is the intent of the Legislature that this definition does not include painting, repainting, or decorating other than touchup, but instead it is the intent of the Legislature that such activities be controlled directly by the provisions of Section 20114.
Mechanics Liens Laws
California Mechanics Liens Laws
Please refer to the California Architects Board website for information on Mechanics Liens Laws http://www.cab.ca.gov/candidates/cse/reference_material.shtml
Article 14 Labor Relations
SEC. 3. Mechanics, persons furnishing materials, artisans, and laborers of every class, shall have a lien upon the property upon which they have bestowed labor or furnished material for the value of such labor done and material furnished; and the Legislature shall provide, by law, for the speedy and efficient enforcement of such liens.
A description of the following components/steps is coming soon.
20 Day Preliminary Notice
Conditional Waiver Upon Progress Payment
Unconditional Waiver Upon Progress Payment
Unconditional Wavier upon Final Payment
Stop Payment Notice
Notice of Completion
Frequently Asked Questions
Advertising for Bids
When must a District Advertise for Bids?
Informal Bidding Act
How does a District adopt the Informal Bidding Act?
When are Payment Bonds Required?
Why are Payment Bonds Required?
What is a 20 Day Preliminary notice?
What is a Stop Payment Notice?
When must a District pay Prevailing wages?
What is the "Compliance Monitoring Unit" ?
How does a District pre-quailfy contractors?