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City Of Irvine Charter Information


Section 1004. Contracts on public works.
Every project involving an expenditure of more than Four Thousand Dollars (or such other amount as may be prescribed by ordinance) for the construction of public works shall be let by the Council by contract to the lowest responsible bidder after notice by publication in the official newspaper by one or more insertions, the first of which shall be at least ten days before the time for opening bids. The Council may reject any and all bids presented and may readvertise in its discretion. The Council, after rejecting bids, or if no bids are received, may declare and determine that, in its opinion, based on estimates approved by the City Manager, the work in question may be performed better or more economically by the City with its own employees and, after the adoption of a resolution to this effect by at least four affirmative votes, may proceed to have said work done without further observance of the provisions of this section.

Such contracts may be let and such purchases made without advertising for bids, if such work shall be deemed by the Council to be of urgent necessity for the preservation of life, health, or property, and shall be authorized by resolution passed by at least four affirmative votes of the Council and containing a declaration of the facts constituting such urgency.

Municipal Code

Sec. 6-10-201. – Contracting procedures; dollar amount limitations.

A. Public works projects of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) or less may be performed by the employees of the City by force account, by negotiated contract, or by purchase order.

B. Public works projects of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or less may be let to contract by informal bidding procedures as set forth in Section 6-10-203B.

C. Public works projects of more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) shall, except as otherwise provided in this Municipal Code, be let to contract by formal bidding procedures.

D. Notwithstanding items A, B, and C above, the City shall conform with the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act, Section 22000 et seq. of the Public Contract Code, which may, from time to time, modify the dollar amounts set forth above.

(Code 1976, § VI.O-201; Ord. No. 86-7, § 1, 4-8-86; Ord. No. 03-04, § 1, 1-28-03)

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