Formal Process - Construction (Public Works)

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: 

  1. RCW does not set a 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 up to the maximum value set forth in RCW 39.04.155, the County may nonetheless choose to go the route of a formal advertised sealed bid for any specific project if the County believes that doing so is in the best interest of the. A project solicited under the small works roster process is an informal public works project.
  2. Is advertisement for at least 13 days prior to the competitive solicitation due date (or Bid Opening); and
  3. Requires that all responses/submittals are sealed and properly identified and addressed in an opaque package or envelope; and
  4. The competitive solicitation is subject to being publicly opened and read aloud on the appointed day and time (Public Bid Opening); and
  5. 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.