Construction Industry Force Account Council

Promoting Transparency Through Public Agency Compliance

City Of Lancaster Charter Information


Section 300. Public Works Contracts. Except as provided in Section 301, the City shall have the power to establish standards, procedures, rules or regulations to regulate all aspects of the bidding, award and performance of any public works contract, including, but not limited to, the compensation rates to be paid for the performance of such work.

Municipal Code

3.32.300 – Construction projects.


Except where specifically exempted from such laws by ordinance of the city council, contracts for construction projects in the city shall be governed by applicable state laws including the California Public Contract Code, Division 2, Part 1 and Division 2, Part 3, the Local Agency Public Construction Act, including the Alternate Provisions of the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act, which are hereby adopted for use in the city. Contracts for construction shall also be governed by the current edition of the standard specifications for public works construction and the latest supplement thereto, adopted by the Greenbook Committee of the Public Works Standards, Inc., except as otherwise provided by the city council or the purchasing officer if the contract is within his/her authority.


Construction projects less than the amount specified in Section 22032(a) of the California Public Contract Code may be performed by city employees by force account, by negotiated contract or by purchase order.


Construction projects less than the amount specified in Section 22032(b) of the Public Contract Code may be let to contract by informal bidding procedures.


Construction projects of more than the amount specified in Section 22032(c) of the California Public Contract Code shall be let by formal bidding procedure.


It shall be unlawful to split projects into smaller work orders or projects for the purpose of evading the provisions of this chapter or applicable state laws.

(Ord. No. 976, § 1, 2-28-2012)