Article 35. Irrigation Districts of California Public Contract Code >> Division 2. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 35.
The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by
irrigation districts, as provided for in the Irrigation District Law,
Division 11 (commencing with Section 20500) of the Water Code.
As used in this article "works" is limited to any works to
be paid for with the proceeds of the sale of bonds or a limited
Contracts for the construction of any works shall be made
pursuant to the provisions of this article except when the board,
with the approval of the commission, elects to proceed to construct
the works or any part thereof under its own superintendence.
The board shall give notice by publication once a week for
three successive weeks in a newspaper published in the county in
which the principal office of a district is kept, or if no newspaper
is published in that county, in a newspaper the board deems
advisable, calling for bids for the construction of the works or of
any portion of them.
The notice calling for bids shall contain:
(a) A statement that the plans and specifications of the works to
be constructed may be seen at the district office.
(b) A particular description of the portion of the works
advertised if less than the whole works are advertised.
(c) A statement that the board will receive sealed bids for the
construction of the works advertised or any portion of them
designated by the board.
(d) A statement that the contract or contracts for the works
advertised will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder or
bidders, but that any or all bids may be rejected.
(e) A statement of the time and place for opening the bids.
All bids for construction work shall be presented under
sealed cover and shall be accompanied by one of the following forms
of bidder's security:
(b) A cashier's check made payable to the district.
(c) A certified check made payable to the district.
(d) A bidder's bond executed by an admitted surety insurer, made
payable to the district.
Upon an award to the lowest bidder, the security of an
unsuccessful bidder shall be returned in a reasonable period of time,
but in no event shall that security be held by the district beyond
60 days from the time the award is made.
At the time and place appointed the bids shall be opened in
After opening the bids and as convenient the board shall
award the contract or contracts for the works either in portions or
as a whole to the lowest responsible bidder or bidders, but the board
may reject any or all bids and readvertise for proposals or may
proceed to construct the works or any part thereof under its own
In case of an emergency, if notice for bids to let contracts
will not be given, the board shall comply with Chapter 2.5
(commencing with Section 22050).
Contracts for the purchase of material to be furnished or
used by the district in the works shall be awarded to the lowest
responsible bidder or bidders after such notice as the board deems
Any person to whom a contract may be awarded pursuant to
this article shall provide a bond approved by the board, payable to
the district for at least 25 percent of the estimated contract price,
conditioned upon the faithful performance of the contract.
The works shall be constructed under the direction and to
the satisfaction of the engineer of the district and be subject to
the approval of the board.