CA Contractors Must Renew Registration Before January 1, 2016

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced that all contractors whose public works registration expired on June 30, 2015, must pay a $300 renewal fee before January 1, 2016. This is mandatory for all contractors who have ongoing public works projects or who plan to bid on new projects. If the renewal fee is not paid, an additional $2,000 late penalty could apply.

The $300 annual registration fee is used for DIR’s compliance monitoring and enforcement, prevailing wage and public works coverage determinations and enforcement appeal hearings. All contractors have been required to register with the DIR as of April 1, 2015 to be awarded public works contracts even if the project does not go out to bid.

If a contractor was registered in 2014 and did not bid or work on any public works projects on or after July 1, 2015, the registration can be renewed with penalty. The list of contractors registered for public works projects in maintained on the DIR website. Awarding bodies must confirm a contractor’s registration before considering a bid or awarding a contract.

The web address for the state of California Department of Industrial Relations is http://www.dir.ca.gov/Public-Works/PublicWorks.html. Contractors may also contact the DIR’s Communications Call Center at 1-844-522-6734.