Companies performing prevailing wage work in California, must be registered as a Public Works Contractor with the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and pay an annual fee of $300.00. Registration is now open on the DIR’s website and is due no later than July 1, 2017. Register or Renew Here
Your company must be registered at the time of bid or face an additional penalty amount of $2,000.
Who is a Public Works Contractor?
Contractor registration applies to any entity who performs work which must pay prevailing wages, this includes: contractors, subcontractors, temporary staffing services, owner/operators, and sole proprietors. Even if a contractor subcontracts out all work, the contractor must still be registered.
Public Work Contractors Responsibility:
- Register as a public works contractor
- Pay prevailing wages
- Follow apprenticeship requirements
- Maintain and submit certified payroll records
Who Is Eligible to Register?
Contractors must meet the following requirements to register:
- Have workers’ compensation coverage for any employees and only use subcontractors who are registered public works contractors.
- Have Contractors State License Board license if applicable to trade.
- Not have any delinquent unpaid wage or penalty assessments owed to any employee or enforcement agency.
- Not be under federal or state debarment.
- Not be in prior violation of this registration requirement once it becomes effective. However, for the first violation in a 12-month period, a contractor may still qualify for registration by paying an additional penalty.
To learn more about public works contractor registration, please go to frequently asked questions or contact CA.Gov DIR Public Works.
Source: State of California Department of Industrial Relations