Cabrillo College has elected to adopt a provision of Public Contract Code (Section 22003), enabling the College to increase the informal
bid limits. By adopting the Code, the College is now able to award contracts for public works between $45,000 and $175,000 without
going through the formal bid process. The College will maintain a list
of qualified contractors according to the trade categories of work that they perform. The College may then award contracts between
$45,000 and $175,000 to the pre-approved contractor who submits
the lowest responsible informal bid. In order to be eligible to submit
an informal bid, a contractor must be on file as a “qualified” contractor. In order to be “qualified”, a contractor must submit a pre-qualification application and be selected by the College as qualified. Qualified contractors would be solicited on each informal bid between $45,000 and $175,000 (the College would still reserve the right to formally bid
a project in this range if desired). Bid bonds, performance bonds, and payment bonds would continue to be required of all contractors doing work under these provisions. Projects of more than $175,000 would
be subject to formal bidding requirements, and would be open to all contractors.
The purpose of enacting the changes is (1) to more efficiently and effectively manage small to medium sized projects and (2) provide opportunities for contractors who are deemed “qualified”.
We will be reviewing and approving Pre-Qualification application forms throughout the year. Please download, complete the application in full and submit as outlined in the Informal Bidding, Qualifications
If you have any questions or would like more information please call Gale Stevens at 831-477-5613.
Director of Purchasing, Contracts & Risk Management