Requirements for, and Exceptions to, Competitive Bidding (K-12)

This update is intended to provide a summary of the requirements for competitive bidding, and the circumstances in which districts are entitled to use exceptions to that practice., Basic Rules, The basic rules for competitive bidding are set forth in Public Contract Code §§ 20110-20118.4. The Public Contract Code generally divides public contracts into three types, two of which must be competitively bid in at least some circumstances:, 1) Contracts for lease or purchase of equipment, materials, or supplies, or for services or repairs;, 2) Contracts for a “public project” as defined in Public Contract Code § 22002; and, 3) Contracts for professional services, insurance, and work done by day labor or force account.