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Frequently Asked Questions about Pierce County's Small Works Roster

What is Pierce County’s Small Works Roster?

 It is a listing (by various rosters) of Washington State licensed contractors who have registered with Pierce County to bid on public works projects estimated to cost between $10,000 and $300,000.  Small works projects are not advertised; instead we notify all contractors on the roster used for the project.  

Notices about small works bid opportunities are sent by email to all contractors on the roster used for the project.  

The bid packets will be sent by email to registered contractors upon request; or a paper copy through U.S. Mail if requested.

Do I have to be registered to submit a bid?

Yes; bids will only be accepted from contractors who are on the roster at the time of bid submittal, and meet all the bidder responsibility criteria set out in the bid documents.

How do I register?

Pierce County maintains its own small works roster and encourages licensed contractors to register.  Contractors may register at any time, and as long as they are not disqualified from bidding on public works projects, and keep their information up to date, they may remain on the roster.

Registration is through the County’s on-line vendor registrationOnce in the registration process, contractors must enter their Washington State Contractor’s License Number in the appropriate field, and then check on the box “Include in Small Works Projects.”   When selecting categories (commodities), be sure to click on the link “Small Works Listing”; all our small works rosters are listed under that link.  

The contractor’s license number will be verified before he is approved for the roster. 

It is the contractor’s responsibility to keep his contact information up to date.  If your contact information is incorrect, you will not be notified of projects out for bid and you may be deleted from the roster.  

Is a bid bond required for Small Works bids?

No; Pierce County does not require bid bonds on Small Works Roster bids. 

Is a Performance & Payment Bond Required?

Yes, a performance & payment bond for the full amount of the contract is required from the successful bidder.

5% retainage is held on all payments.  Retainage will be released as required by law after date of final acceptance, and receipt of all necessary releases and settlement of any liens.

  • If a project is under $35,000 (including Tax) the contractor has the option of having the County retain 50% in lieu of a bond. 
  • If a project is bid as a “limited public work” the bond and retainage requirements will be waived.


What are the insurance requirements?

For projects over $25,000, the County requires:

Commercial General Liability - $2,000,000 per occurrence; $4,000,000 aggregate
Commercial Auto Liability - $2,000,000 per occurrence or $2,000,000 single limit 

For projects under $25,000 and limited public works, liability requirements are:
Commercial General Liability - $1,000,000 per occurrence; $2,000,000 aggregate
Commercial Auto Liability - $1,000,000 per occurrence or $1,000,000 single limit 

Pierce County must be endorsed as additional insured, and the contractor’s insurance must be primary.

Some projects may have additional requirements, which will be set out in the bid documents.