Small Works Roster

The Small Works Roster is a list of Washington licensed contractors that public agencies can use to ask for public works bids on projects of $350,000 or less.

Join the Small Works Roster

What is the Small Works Roster?

  • List of licensed contractors who apply.
  • Used for projects under $350,000.
  • Reduces cost of bidding small projects.
  • Makes it easier for contractors to compete for public works projects.

Do I qualify?

  • Verify your status with the Department of Labor & Industries
  • Be bonded by a surety. There are three types:
    • Performance and payment bonds – required on contracts greater than $150,000.
    • Bid bonds – required on bid day.
    • Retainage bonds – requirements vary.
  • Be insured.
  • Have a Washington Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number.

How do I apply?

  • Applyfor the DES Small Works Roster.
    • UBI number required.
    • Open all year — apply at any time.
  • Keep your contact information up to date to receive notifications.

What happens after I submit my application?

  • DES will review your application and reach out:
    • if there’s anything missing,
    • if you don’t qualify, or
    • to confirm you’re on the Small Works Roster.
  • Then, wait for bidding opportunities.

How do I bid?

Wait for a bid notification, then:

  1. Respond for specific project documents.
  2. Attend a pre-bid walk through.
  3. Review the project manual and instructions to bidders.
  4. Fill out the bid form.
  5. Submit the bid form.
  6. Wait. DES will:
    • Open bids within two days.
    • Contact the successful low bidder.

If selected, when do I start?

Once selected,

  • Submit supplemental criteria.
  • Provide bonding and insurance information.

Then, DES will send you a Notice to Proceed (NTP), or a partial NTP for proprietary products that need to be ordered early.

How do I submit for payment?

  • Complete and submit the Invoice Voucher - Form A-19.
  • Submit the Notice of Completion.
    • DES will issue Final Acceptance, starting 45-day lien period.
  • After 45 days, DES will process retainage if releases are provided by:
    • Department of Labor & Industries
    • Department of Revenue
    • Employment Security Department

Steps for project closeout

  • The Architect/Engineer (A/E) will issue a Letter of Substantial Completion.
    • Excludes corrective or punch list items.
  • Complete punch list, including:
    • field authorizations,
    • change order proposals, and
    • change orders.
  • Submit the Certificate of Substantial Completion

Non-licensed contractors

The Small Works Roster is for Washington licensed contractors. If your firm is not required to have a contractor’s license, learn how to receive notice for other bid opportunities.

Changes to the Small Works Roster

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