Public Contracting - Public Improvements and Related Contracts

ORS 279C.585
Authority to substitute undisclosed first-tier subcontractor

  • circumstances
  • rules

A contractor whose bid is accepted may substitute a first-tier subcontractor that was not disclosed under ORS 279C.370 (First-tier subcontractor disclosure) by submitting the name of the new subcontractor and the reason for the substitution in writing to the contracting agency. A contractor may substitute a first-tier subcontractor under this section in the following circumstances:


When the subcontractor disclosed under ORS 279C.370 (First-tier subcontractor disclosure) fails or refuses to execute a written contract after having had a reasonable opportunity to do so after the written contract, which must be reasonably based upon the general terms, conditions, plans and specifications for the public improvement project or the terms of the subcontractor’s written bid, is presented to the subcontractor by the contractor.


When the disclosed subcontractor becomes bankrupt or insolvent.


When the disclosed subcontractor fails or refuses to perform the subcontract.


When the disclosed subcontractor fails or refuses to meet the bond requirements of the contractor that had been identified prior to the bid submittal.


When the contractor demonstrates to the contracting agency that the subcontractor was disclosed as the result of an inadvertent clerical error.


When the disclosed subcontractor does not hold a license from, or has a license that is not properly endorsed by, the Construction Contractors Board and is required to be licensed by the board.


When the contractor determines that the work performed by the disclosed subcontractor is substantially unsatisfactory and not in substantial accordance with the plans and specifications or that the subcontractor is substantially delaying or disrupting the progress of the work.


When the disclosed subcontractor is ineligible to work on a public improvement contract under applicable statutory provisions.


When the substitution is for good cause. The Construction Contractors Board shall define “good cause” by rule. “Good cause” includes but is not limited to the financial instability of a subcontractor. The definition of “good cause” must reflect the least-cost policy for public improvements established in ORS 279C.305 (Least-cost policy for public improvements).


When the substitution is reasonably based on the contract alternates chosen by the contracting agency. [2003 c.794 §152; 2007 c.836 §45]


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Jun. 26, 2021