Contractors in construction looking to grow their business through public contracting must meet general contractor requirements and added construction criteria. Learn about those requirements, opportunities to increase workforce diversity, and how do find and compete for construction contracts.
Information and data about city construction can be found on the City Construction list. Projects can be filtered by construction type (i.e., Parks, Sewer, Transportation, Water) or neighborhood. Information includes project status and dates.
Construction and Landscape Contractors Boards Licenses
Construction contractors must be licensed with the State of Oregon Construction Contractors Board prior to submitting a bid/proposal to the City. A State of Oregon Landscape Contractors Board license is required for bids that include landscape work as defined by ORS 671.510.
Oregon State First Tier Subcontractor Disclosure
Contractors are required to submit the Oregon State First Tier Subcontractors Disclosure form within two working hours after the date and time of the deadline when the bids are due as required by ORS 279C.370.
Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) Safety Provisions
The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) are committed to safe construction work sites and public safety. All Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) projects have to follow safety provisions laid out in the OCIP General Construction Safety Provisions Manual, with more exact safety requirements being defined in the contract. For more information, review the provisions manual in the PDF below.
Prime contractors are required to comply with all construction code regulations, which apply to all construction and most site development activity. For more information visit the City’s Development Services permit website.
Prequalification with the City of Portland is required of all prime contractors bidding on public improvement projects with an engineer’s estimate of $250,000 or greater, as specified in Portland City Code 5.34.510(A). Prequalification is guided by Administrative Rule 1.22.
Contractors interested in bidding as a prime on a City construction project that are not currently prequalified may use the new online prequalification application process on the Contract Compliance Reporting System.
Portland City Code states that contractors must demonstrate to the City’s satisfaction that they are a responsible offeror prior to bidding on public improvement projects. The City makes this determination through the Prequalification process, where contractors demonstrate that they meet the Standards of Responsibility pursuant to City Code 5.34.500.
A contractor may submit a request for Prequalification at any time by visiting the City of Portland Contract Compliance Reporting System to complete and submit the Prequalification Program Prime Contractor Application. The date on which all required information has been received by Procurement Services will be considered the receipt date of your prequalification application.
All applications will be evaluated and bidding limits will be determined by a Prequalification Board that meets approximately every two weeks. The application review and approval process can take up to 30 days to complete. Once prequalified, a contractor’s bidding limits are in effect for 2 years.
Bid Specific Prequalification or Increase Request
If you are currently prequalified with the City of Portland in one or more classes of work, and you are seeking prequalification to meet the requirements of a specific Invitation to Bid (ITB), visit the City of Portland's Contract Compliance Reporting System to complete the application. Please mark the box labeled "Bid Specific Request."
The deadline for receipt by the City is usually 10 calendar days prior to bid opening; however, it is important to review each set of bid documents to determine the specific requirement for that project.
There are some construction projects that require specific expertise, prior experience, special equipment, or are of high risk and are outside of the criteria necessary for prequalification in one of the City’s general classes of work. For these projects, a Special Prequalification application will be included in the bid documents. Contractors intending to be specially prequalified to bid on that project must complete the Special Prequalification application and submit it by the date and time stated within the solicitation.
Construction Classes of Work Descriptions
When writing the description of a project in SECTION 6, the reviewers are looking for this type of detail:
1 - Concrete Street Paving
May include: grading, aggregate base placement, (inlets and leads), placement of PCC and/or reinforcement steel in roadway, walks, curbs and other related transit facilities. May also include demolition of streets and curbs.
2 - Street Improvements
May include: excavation and grading, drainage such as perf-pipe, inlets and leads, placement of fabric and rock, construction of curbs, sidewalks, driveways, and other related flat-work facilities, AC paving and pavement striping. May also include various types of structures such as segmental retaining walls, light and signal pole foundations, vaults and electrical work related to lights and signals, irrigation, landscaping, multi-use paved trails and water quality as related to green street construction in the right of way. May encompass other aspects and work items related to Street Improvements.
3 - Concrete Flatwork
May include: curbs, sidewalks, driveways, paths and walkways cast on-grade.
4 - Reinforced Concrete Construction
May include: retaining walls; stairways; sign or pole foundations; machinery foundations; structural sidewalk or driveways.
5 - Bridge & Overcrossing Construction
May include: timber, concrete or metal structures for vehicular and/or pedestrian usage, including tunnels (excludes buildings – see Class 19)
6 - Dredging & Piledriving
May include: Dredging - removal of underwater materials. Piledriving - driving concrete, steel, or timber piles and drilled shaft foundations.
7 - Excavation & Grading
May include: earthwork, clearing, grubbing, grading, erosion control measures, structural fills and treated soils.
8 - Sewer Construction
May include: sewer or storm projects related to construction in a right of way, trenchless techniques, installation of small and large diameter sewer pipes, manholes and structures, sewer bypass systems, traffic control safety, restoration of streets, erosion control, shoring techniques which meet OSHA requirements. Knowledge of survey and use of lasers for pipe installations. Protection of all existing utilities impacted during construction.
9 - Sewage Treatment Plants
May include: construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or renovation of facilities within an active sewage treatment plant. Also, major sewage bypass systems, lock out and tag out of facilities, coordination with plant operations, ability to develop technical submittals, knowledge of special inspection requirements for permitted facilities, earthwork and structural foundation, structural reinforcement and concrete, mechanical piping and fittings, plumbing, HVAC, electrical instrumentation and controls, start up testing including developing operational manuals.
10 - Sewage Pumping Stations and Odor Control Facilities
May include: construction, reconstruction, structural reinforcement and concrete, rehabilitation or renovation of an active sewage pumping station or newly constructed pump station. May also include coordination with station operations, develop technical submittals, knowledge of special inspection requirements for permitted facilities, sewage bypass, temporary power systems, demolition of existing facilities, mechanical piping, plumbing, HVAC, sewage pump installation, dewatering, constructing and excavating using caissons, electrical instrumentation and controls and start up testing including developing operational manuals. Work may exist on private property or in the public right of way.
11 - Water Line Construction
May include: water main projects related construction in the public right-of-way, waterline installation in an existing street, public works water projects, typically, small diameter (under 24 inches), ductile iron pipe, copper and ductile iron services, valves, hydrants, and other appurtenances, cathodic protection, utility protections, OAR 333 compliance, in addition to traffic control, erosion control, earthwork and surface restorations.
12 - Water Pumping Stations
May include: construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or renovation of potable water pump stations, instrumentation and electrical work associated with pump stations, water main work on private property and in the public right-of-way to connect to pump stations, which may include steel pipe or ductile iron pipe, valves, hydrants, and other appurtenances, cathodic protection, utility protections, OAR 333 compliance, in addition to traffic control, erosion control, earthwork, landscaping and surface restorations.
13 - Water Reservoirs
May include: construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or renovation of potable water reservoirs, instrumentation and electrical work associated with the reservoirs, most work is on public property but may include water main work on private property and in the public right-of-way to connect to reservoirs, may include steel pipe or ductile iron pipe, valves, hydrants, and other appurtenances, cathodic protection, utility protections, OAR 333 compliance, in addition to traffic control, erosion control, earthwork, landscaping and surface restorations.
14 - Water Tanks – Steel
May include: construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or renovation of potable water steel tanks, instrumentation and electrical work associated with the reservoirs, most work is on private property but may include water main work on private property and in the public right-of-way to connect to tanks, may include steel pipe or ductile iron pipe, steel fabrication, erection and demolition, valves, hydrants, and other appurtenances, cathodic protection, utility protections, OAR 333 compliance, in addition to traffic control, erosion control, earthwork, landscaping and surface restorations. May include tank cleaning and painting interior and exterior surfaces.
15 - Water Tanks – Concrete
May include: construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or renovation of potable water concrete tanks, (buried and above ground), instrumentation and electrical work associated with the reservoirs, most work is public property but may include water main work on private property and in the public right-of-way to connect to tanks, may include steel pipe or ductile iron pipe, steel fabrication, erection and demolition, valves, hydrants, and other appurtenances, cathodic protection, utility protections, OAR 333 compliance, in addition to traffic control, erosion control, earthwork, landscaping and surface restorations. May include tank cleaning and painting interior and exterior surfaces.
16 - Electrical Wiring
May include: installation, renovation, repair and maintenance of electrical wiring, circuits, panel boards, junction boxes, fixtures and equipment within a building, including such incidental or related work as is customarily performed by those in the electricians' trade.
STATE OF OREGON CLASS C ELECTRICAL LICENSE REQUIRED
17 - Traffic Signalization
May include: installation of traffic signals and control systems
STATE OF OREGON CLASS C ELECTRICAL LICENSE REQUIRED
18 - Outdoor Illumination
May include: installation of outdoor athletic field lighting, outdoor street lighting using metal poles 15-40 feet in length on concrete reinforced foundations with buried conduit. Use of panels with ratings from 120volt to 480 volt, multiple circuits, poles with j-boxes adjacent to pole locations.
STATE OF OREGON CLASS C ELECTRICAL LICENSE REQUIRED
19 - Building Construction
May include: building new structures or new buildings.
20 - Building Alteration & Repair
May include: altering, repairing, improving any building structure or building.
21 - Structural Demolition & Related Excavation and Clearing
May include: ability to safely demolish a structure, typically a building that has a higher likelihood of personal or property damage during demolition. May also include removal or demolition of footings, pilings, foundations, slabs and walls.
22 - Painting of Buildings & Structures
May include: application of paint to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings, bridges and other structures and preparation of such surfaces for the purpose of receiving a finish coat of paint.
23 - Plumbing
May include: installation, renovation repair and maintenance of pipes, fixtures and other apparatus in buildings for bringing in and distributing the water supply and removing liquid and water-borne wastes, including such incidental or related work as is customarily performed by those in the plumbers trade.
STATE OF OREGON PLUMBING LICENSE REQUIRED
24 - HVAC
May include: installation, renovation repair and maintenance of the systems and apparatus required, collectively or individually, to provide comfort heating, ventilation and/or cooling within or associated with a building, including such incidental or related work as is customarily performed by those in the HVAC trade.
25 - Roofing
May include: includes installation of various types of roofing materials to a building, including shingles, slate, rubber, PVC and related flashing and drainage systems.
29 – Landscaping and Irrigation
May include: installation or repair of irrigation systems, planting, sodding, seeding, fertilizing, mulching, herbicide application, insecticide application, weed control, mowing, liming, soil binder, topsoil.
STATE OF OREGON LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS BOARD LICENSE REQUIRED (Must have All Phase, Standard or Irrigation plus Backflow licenses for specific type of work.)
30 - Park Improvements
May include: excavation, grading, irrigation and landscaping, electrical, storm drainage, installation of playground equipment, surveying, plumbing, sewer, water features, stonework, soft-surface paths, site amenities, retaining walls, concrete and asphalt work, right of way improvements.
STATE OF OREGON GENERAL CONTRACTORS BOARD LICENSE REQUIRED
41 - Wetland, Stream and Storm Water Outfall Enhancement Facilities
May include: wetland and stream enhancement, shoreline regrading, stream channel realignment, use of natural plants for erosion control, invasive species removal, riverbank stabilization, water filtration, aquatic habitat, excavation, grading, pollution reduction facilities (PRFs). Project history must indicate type of bioengineering techniques used on project.
42 - Asphalt Paving
May include: paving of sidewalks, pathways, parking lots and subdivision streets, pavement grinding and milling. To meet the minimum requirement for prequalification, contractors must own a paving machine, as well as rollers
43 - Cured-in-Place Pipe 0 to 24"
May include: previous experience in this work, developing technical submittals for liner materials and cure processes, sewer bypass systems, development of installation plans and schedules, providing test samples, coordination with public and reinstating impacted sewers.
45 - Cured-in-Place Pipe 24” and Larger
May include: previous experience in this work, developing technical submittals for liner materials and cure processes, inspections of the wet out process, sewer bypass systems, development of installation plans and schedules, providing test samples, coordination with public and reinstating impacted sewers.
Vendors are also required to pay a competitive wage on public works projects, as shown on the BOLI Prevailing Wage website.
Subcontractor Equity Program (SEP)
The Subcontractor Equity Program (SEP) requires that any city-owned construction projects and all city-sponsored projects valued at $150,000 or more include an aspirational goal that 20% of hard construction costs go towards COBID subcontractors. Of the 20%, 14% should go to Disadvantaged, Women, or Minority Business Enterprise contractors. The City encourages prime contractors to diversify their D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE subcontractor utilizationfor all available divisions of work. Prime contractors often use the State Directory of Certified Firms to find and contact potential subcontractors to use on the contract. Prime contractors will also be required to provide disclosure forms for first-tier subcontractors or sub consultants. The Subcontractor Equity Program (SEP) specification documents and forms are included in solicitation packages and are discussed at pre-bid meetings. Contractors are required to report on their continued utilization of D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE subcontractors throughout the life of the contract. See program details in the PDF below.
Workforce Training & Hiring Program (WTHP)
The goal of the Workforce Training & Hiring Program is to increase the numbers of women and minorities in the construction trades through apprenticeship opportunities on City of Portland projects. The Workforce Training & Hiring Program applies to city construction projects at $100,000 and above. The Program includes: a requirement that a minimum of 20% of the labor hours per trade are worked by state-registered apprentices; an 18% goal of minority participation; and a 9% goal for female participation. See how the City is doing by checking out our Workforce Hiring & Training Program Dashboard.
Details of program requirements are included in the bid document for each project. The Workforce Training & Hiring Program adheres to Administrative Rules 1.20.