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Contractor Prequalification


Contractor prequalification is a requirement for many contractors intending to bid San Diego Unified School District construction projects.

Prequalification questionnaires must be submitted 10 days prior to a project’s bid due date or they cannot be processed for that project. San Diego Unified will issue qualification/disqualification notices 5 days prior to the bid due date. Please keep in mind that several applications are in process at any given time and an early/timely submittal is appreciated.

Required Prequalification:

Projects of $1 million or more – Prequalification is required for the following contractors, regardless of the value of the prime and/or subcontractors’ work on the project:

  1. Prime Contractors: General contractors or any C-licensed contractor bidding as a prime contractor on projects of $1M or more. A key requirement for prequalifying as a Prime contractor is to provide project references for completed projects of $1M or more, where your company was the Prime contractor. Click here to fill out the application online via PlanetBids for prequalification to bid $1M projects as a Prime contractor.
  2. MEP Subcontractors: Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing subcontractors, including any contractor holding A or B licenses and/or performing work of C-4, C-7, C-10, C-16, C-20, C-34, C-36, C-38, C-42, C-43 and C-46 licenses. Click here to fill out the application online via PlanetBids to bid $1 Million projects as a subcontractor.  

Current list of all $1M+ prequalified contractors. This list includes prequalified prime contractors eligible to bid with the district on projects of $1 million or more and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) subcontractors eligible to submit bids to bidding prime contractors.
Prime and MEP prequalification expires one year from the date of approval. 

Lease-Leaseback Projects – Prequalification is also required of all Non-MEP Subcontractors, regardless of trade, tier, or the value of the prime and/or subcontractors’ work on the project. 

  1. Non-MEP Subcontractors are any contractors with a C or D license not referenced above. Click here to fill out the application online via PlanetBids to bid Lease-Leaseback projects as a Non-MEP subcontractor.

Click here for a list of prequalified Non-MEP subcontractors.

Job Order Contracting (JOC) Projects –  Prequalification is required of general contractors or any C-class contractor bidding as a Prime contractor on JOC projects. A key requirement for prequalifying as a prime contractor is to provide project references for completed JOC projects or similar (e.g., Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity or task order based project distribution), where your company was the Prime contractor. Click here to view or download the pdf questionnaire for prequalification to bid JOC projects as a Prime contractor. 

Click below for a list of prequalified Prime JOC contractors:

Contact  858-522-5864 or [email protected] with any questions regarding prequalification. 

Pre-Construction Helpful Links:

Advertised Bids:  To see projects San Diego Unified School District currently has out for bid, click the link and be connected to our PlanetBids procurement site. If there are any technical issues, please contact PlanetBids at 818-992-1771.

Plans and Specs:  To see plans and specs and Planholders' Lists for construction projects, click the Plans and Specs link to be redirected to PlanWell, San Diego Unified's procurement site, select "Go" under Public Planroom, then type “SDUSD” in the find field.  

Business Outreach: If you are a small, women-owned and/or diverse business or you have any questions about the mandatory 3% Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE) or Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) union member requirements, please reach out to our Business Outreach Department. A handy DVBE tip sheet can be found here.

*  Legislation (AB 1565) was passed and signed into law (CAPCC Section 20111.6) which affects contractors performing work on school construction projects as of January 1, 2014.