The word ‘formal’ as used here refers to a competitive solicitation process for public works that meets and involves the criteria set forth for competitive bidding in RCW 36.32.235 and RCW Chapter 39.04, and in County Code 1.04.050(5)(a), including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
The total dollar value of the public work project, in U.S. currency, is $25,000*, or more, including all mobilization costs, and all project-associated materials supplies and equipment costs which include all destination landing charges such as packing/crating, shipping/handling, transportation/freight and all applicable Washington State sales, or use, taxes; and
Is advertisement for at least 13 days prior to the competitive solicitation due date (or Bid Opening); and
Requires that all responses/submittals are sealed and properly identified and addressed in an opaque package or envelope; and
The competitive solicitation is subject to being publicly opened and read aloud on the appointed day and time (Public Bid Opening); and
The competitive solicitation is subject to the provisions, terms, and conditions, contained or referenced in the particular competitive solicitation document for the procurement.
The criteria listed here is subject to change in the event that the Washington State Legislature amends RCW 36.32.235, RCW Chapter 39.04 or any other relevant and pertinent laws.
* FOOTNOTE: While the RCW does not set a $25,000 value threshold for formal advertised sealed bidding of public works, and despite that fact that RCW 39.04.155 permits an informal process for public works projects valued less than $300,000, the County may nonetheless elect to go the route of a formal advertised sealed bid if the County believes that doing so will benefit the County and the project.