(a) "Public agency," for purposes of this chapter, means a
city, county, city and county, including chartered cities and
chartered counties, any special district, and any other agency of the
state for the local performance of governmental or proprietary
functions within limited boundaries. "Public agency" also includes a
nonprofit transit corporation wholly owned by a public agency and
formed to carry out the purposes of the public agency.
(b) "Representatives of the construction industry" for purposes of
this chapter, means a general contractor, subcontractor, or labor
representative with experience in the field of public works
(c) "Public project" means any of the following:
(1) Construction, reconstruction, erection, alteration,
renovation, improvement, demolition, and repair work involving any
publicly owned, leased, or operated facility.
(2) Painting or repainting of any publicly owned, leased, or
(3) In the case of a publicly owned utility system, "public
project" shall include only the construction, erection, improvement,
or repair of dams, reservoirs, powerplants, and electrical
transmission lines of 230,000 volts and higher.
(d) "Public project" does not include maintenance work. For
purposes of this section, "maintenance work" includes all of the
(1) Routine, recurring, and usual work for the preservation or
protection of any publicly owned or publicly operated facility for
its intended purposes.
(2) Minor repainting.
(3) Resurfacing of streets and highways at less than one inch.
(4) Landscape maintenance, including mowing, watering, trimming,
pruning, planting, replacement of plants, and servicing of irrigation
and sprinkler systems.
(5) Work performed to keep, operate, and maintain publicly owned
water, power, or waste disposal systems, including, but not limited
to, dams, reservoirs, powerplants, and electrical transmission lines
of 230,000 volts and higher.
(e) For purposes of this chapter, "facility" means any plant,
building, structure, ground facility, utility system, subject to the
limitation found in paragraph (3) of subdivision (c), real property,
streets and highways, or other public work improvement.
A public agency which has, by resolution, elected to become
subject to the uniform construction cost accounting procedures set
forth in Article 2 (commencing with Section 22010), may utilize the
bidding procedures set forth in Article 3 (commencing with Section
22030) when contracting for "maintenance work," as defined in Section
22002, or when contracting for any other work which does not fall
within the definition of "public project," as defined in Section