The 2017 Virginia General Assembly has enacted several laws that affect public procurement and professional regulation.
Design-Build Advances: On the procurement front, public bodies may not procure construction through construction management or design-build contracts. Before taking advantage of this contracting structure, the public bodies must determine that competitive sealed bidding is not practicable or fiscally advantageous.
A/E Contract Increases: Public architectural and engineering term contracts have also increased to $150,000 per project.
Energy Performance-Based Contracts: Public Bodies may now use cooperative procurement in EPC contracts.
Prequalification Waiver: Localities may now waive prequalification of bidders for non-bonded projects between $100k -- $300k.
License bonds in lieu of financial statements: Contractors may obtain a Class A or B license without providing DPOR with a financial statement if they provide a $5,000 surety bond.
License waiver for minor work: Minor construction work valued at under $2,500 no longer requires a contractor’s license.
A more detailed analysis of these bills may be found here.
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