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Tennessee Department of Transportation Bidding Requirements Part 1

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The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is one provider of lucrative public works projects in the Volunteer State. As a contractor, it’s vital that you are accurately informed about the bidding requirements established by TDOT. In this two-part series, the Nashville construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law will explore these important bidding requirements. If you plan on submitting a bid for a public construction contract, consult a Nashville construction lawyer for assistance with submitting or disputing a bid.

Providing a Subcontractor Bid List

When you are submitting a bid for a public contract from TDOT to perform work in the State of Tennessee, you will be required to submit a list of all of the subcontractors you are utilizing to complete the project as well as the quotes they have provided to complete their portion of the work. This list must be submitted electronically to TDOT using the “Certification Regarding Subcontractor Bid Quotes” form within five calendar days following the established due date for bids. Emergency contracts, which are typically utilized to contend with property damage from natural disasters, do not require a subcontractors bidders list. If a contractor fails to submit this form in the allotted time frame, their bid could be rejected.

Licensing Requirements for Prime Contractors

TDOT has deemed it necessary for all prime contractors (or general contractors) to maintain licensure with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Board for Licensing Contractors. Although no valid contractor’s license is necessary to submit a bid, TDOT will not award a contract to the lowest responsible bidder if they are unlicensed. Unlicensed contractors have 21 days from the submittal date to procure their license, otherwise, the contractor will be labeled non-responsive and barred from being awarded the contract. If you are an unlicensed contractor, consult a Nashville construction attorney for assistance with acquiring a license. Alternatively, a construction attorney can help defend your license.

To learn more about TDOT’s bidding requirements for contractors, read part two.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.