Contractor Registration

Public Works Contractors – Effective 7/1/17 PWCR registration increases to $400. Learn more here.

Who Is Eligible to Register?

Contractors must meet the following requirements to register:

  • Have workers' compensation coverage for any employees and only use subcontractors who are registered public works contractors.
  • Have Contractors State License Board license if applicable to trade.
  • Not have any delinquent unpaid wage or penalty assessments owed to any employee or enforcement agency.
  • Not be under federal or state debarment.
  • Not be in prior violation of this registration requirement once it becomes effective. However, for the first violation in a 12-month period, a contractor may still qualify for registration by paying an additional penalty.

Register or Renew

Registration costs $400, covers one fiscal year (July 1-June 30), and must be renewed on an annual basis. Credit card payments can be processed within 24 hours, while other forms of payment may delay registration for up to eight weeks.*

Check to see if you have an active registration at: Public Works Contractor Registration Search.

Renew your existing registration or create a new registration:

Register or Renew

Contractors can be subject to a penalty in the following cases:

  • First-time registration:  A penalty of $2,000 applies when a contractor is registering for the first time and did any of the following in the past 12 months:
    1.  bid or was awarded a public works project
    2.  worked on a public works project
  • Late renewal (between July 1 and September 30): If a contractor bid on, was awarded, or worked on a public works project after their registration expired:
    1.  a penalty of $400 applies when the lapse in registration is accidental
    2.  a penalty of $2,000 applies when the lapse in registration is not accidental
  • Renewal after September 30 or reactivation:  A penalty of $2,000 applies when a contractor did any of the following in the past 12 months while unregistered:
    1.  bid or was awarded a public works project
    2. worked on a public works project
  • Repeat violations: Contractors who are found to be in violation of the registration requirement twice in 12 months can be disqualified from working in public works for up to 12 months at a time.

To learn more about public works contractor registration, please go to the frequently asked questions. For further help, please contact us.

For more information and to find exact legal definitions and language please see the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code.

November 2017