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Public Works

Public works in general means:

  • Construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work done under contract and paid in whole or in part out of public funds.
  • It can include preconstruction and post-construction activities related to a public works project.
  • For a full definition of public works refer to Labor Code section 1720.

Anyone working on a public works project must be paid prevailing wages as determined by DIR. Projects of $30,000 or more must meet DIR's apprenticeship requirements. Failure to comply with public works requirements can result in civil penalties, criminal prosecution, or both.

What's New


November 2, 2016 Online Payroll Reporting Temporarily On Hold for Select Transportation Industry Operators
October 28, 2016 DIR Appeals U.S. District Court Order Blocking Labor Commissioner Enforcement of AB 219 Prevailing Wage Requirements for Ready-Mix Concrete Suppliers
September 30, 2016 DIR Clarifies Applicability of Amendments to AB 219 Regarding Companies that Use Ready-Mix Concrete
August 10, 2016 DIR Posts Prevailing Wage Changes for Public Works Projects That Use Ready-Mix Concrete
August 1, 2016 Enforcement of the Requirement to Submit Certified Payroll Records Online Resumes Today
July 20, 2016 DIR Will Resume Enforcement on August 1 of the Requirement to Submit Certified Payroll Records Online
June 7, 2016 Online Registration Renewal for Public Works Contractors Is Open
June 1, 2016 DIR Notice to Ready-Mix Companies Regarding Electronic Payroll Reporting
May 19, 2016 Enforcement of the Requirement to Submit Electronic Certified Payroll Reports to DIR to Resume in August
April 20, 2016 Concrete Delivery Legislation (AB 219) Fact Sheet
April 14, 2016 Public Works Contractors Can Renew Annual Registration Beginning May 1
March 16, 2016 DIR Posts Public Works Notice Advising That Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements Have Not Changed
DIR's eCPR System Still Up and Running - Public Works Contractors Encouraged to Use It
March 15, 2016 Notice Clarifying Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements and DIR's Electronic Certified Payroll Reporting (eCPR) System
January 21, 2016 DIR Notice to Public Works Contractors and Subcontractors: eCPR System on Hold Pending Upgrades

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