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SB 854 Requirements

In accordance with SB 854, all contractors and subcontractors must be registered with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) in order to be awarded contracts for public works projects.  DIR has extensive information regarding public works requirements on its Public Works website, including instructions for DIR Contractor Registration.

Effective July 1, 2017, the DIR has established a small projects exemption for contractors who work exclusively on small public works projects.  The small project exemption applies for all public works that do not exceed:

  • $25,000 for new construction, alteration, installation, demolition, or repair
  • $15,000 for maintenance
Contractors that qualify for the small project exemption are not required to register as a public works contractor or file electronic certified payroll records for those projects.  Contractors are, however, still required to maintain certified payroll records on a continuous basis, and must provide them to the DIR upon request.