Bid preference and support programs help you bid on County construction projects.
Contractors and construction vendors help us build a better, stronger, safer and more beautiful Alameda County.
Learn about bid requirements and opportunities for construction vendors.
The Bid Process
To complete a successful bid, carefully review the requirements and schedule included in the RFP.
Additionally, construction vendors submitting bids must:
- Register with the Department of Industrial Relations (for Public Works contracts)
- Attend pre-bid meetings
- Respond to published project addenda (mandatory)
- Meet SLEB participation goals
Contractors should also:
Bids in construction are typically submitted in hard copy. Please review your RFP for detailed instructions about bid submission, meetings and other key dates and requirements.
Participation Goals & Bid Preference
Construction contractors may earn bid preference for meeting the County’s goals for:
- Enhanced Construction Outreach Program (ECOP) goals for subcontracting to diverse businesses
- Small, local and emerging (SLEB) business participation
Alameda County supports our diverse businesses with programs that promote your ability to bid on, and win, County contracts.
Learn about the Contractor Technical Assistance Program (CTAP), which provides capacity building and bonding support for diverse businesses.
For construction projects over $1M, contractors must comply with the Project Stabilization Community Benefits Agreement (PSCBA), which requires all workers to be union workers or to enter into agreement with a union.
The goal of the PSCBA is to provide, enhance and encourage construction training and employment opportunities for Alameda County residents and small business enterprises within the County through apprentice and pre-apprentice programs.
The intent of the agreement is to built the capacity of Alameda County residents and businesses and to maximize their potential to participate in large-scale projects.
Sometimes, it is not possible for contractors to meet the County’s participation goals. In those cases, the contractor may be excused from the goals through the demonstration of Good Faith Efforts (GFE) to meet equity goals. The RFP for the project on which you wish to bid will outline the GFEs specific to your project.