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Public Works Registration

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Public Works Registration
Beginning June 1, 2019, contractors will have the option to renew their annual public works registration for up to three years at a time (paying the $400 per year fee). The Labor Commissioner is able to assess public works contractors penalties of up to $8,000--in addition to any penalty or registration fee--for failure to register. Awarding agencies are also subject to penalties of $100 a day, up to a maximum of $10,000, for hiring an unregistered contractor to perform work on a public works project. A contractor that hires an unregistered subcontractor is also subject to penalties of up to $10,000. Contractors who work exclusively on small public works projects are not required to register as a public works contractor or file electronic certified payroll reports for those projects. Contractors are still required to maintain certified payroll records on a continuous basis, and provide them to the Labor Commissioner's Office upon request. Additionally, awarding agencies are not required to submit the notice of contract award through DIR's PWC-100 system on projects that fall within the small project exemption. The small project exemption applies for all public works projects that do not exceed:

  • $25,000 for new construction, alteration, installation, demolition or repair
  • $15,000 for maintenance
More information is here.