What is Public Work?

“Public Work” means all work, construction, alteration, repair or improvement other than ordinary maintenance, executed at the cost of the state or any municipality (the City of Anacortes) or which is by law a lien or charge on any property therein. The term work is very inclusive, especially in conjunction with ‘construction, alteration, repair or improvement’. All work shall comply with the provisions of RCW 39.

The term contract shall mean a contract in writing for the execution of public work for a fixed or determinable amount duly awarded after advertisement and competitive bid. However, a contract which is awarded from a small work roster need not be advertised.

Examples of Public Works Contracts:

  • All construction projects, large or small.
  • All building or building system repairs (building maintenance and system maintenance is not considered public works but is subject to prevailing wage requirements).
  • All infrastructure installation, repairs or removals.
State of Washington RCW 39

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1. What is Public Work?
2. What is required of a Contractor once they are awarded a Public Works Contract?
3. When will I get my retainage back?
4. What do I need to bid on a Public Works project?
5. Why are bonds required?
6. What is retainage?
7. What is prevailing wage?
8. What is a Notice of Completion?
9. Are prevailing wages required for non-standard items?