Before you can bid on any ADOT construction projects, you must submit an application for prequalification and have it approved. Prequalification applications may be filed at any time, but must be submitted at least 15 calendar days prior to the bid opening date (i.e., the day ADOT opens and begins to evaluate all sealed bids).
Once approved, prequalification is valid for 15 months from the date of the financial statement submitted as part of the prequalification application. In other words, if the prequalification application is submitted on March 1, but the financial information is from December 31, prequalification would normally be in effect for 15 months from December 31.
The construction prequalification application includes
- general information about the business, its officers and the type(s) of work for which prequalification is sought.
- a financial statement compiled, reviewed or examined by a public accountant with no interest or affiliation with the business of the contractor. The terms “compiled,” “reviewed” and “examined” are used in a technical sense indicating levels of review from lowest to highest, with "reviewed" and "examined" including independent CPA review, respectively.
- a statement of experience that details information on the contract amount, type of work, and other information relevant to determining your firm’s and your officers’ prior experience. Major projects completed within the past three years are of particular importance.
- proof that your firm is licensed to do commercial contracting work in Arizona.
- a list of the major items of construction equipment owned or controlled by the contractor, including information about the equipment’s age, purchase price, and current value.
- a list of the individuals authorized to sign and submit proposals, contracts, and contract bonds.
Upon submitting your prequalification application, the Contractor Prequalification Board will evaluate it and, if they find it acceptable, will set a maximum prequalification amount — the maximum dollar value of projects you will be allowed to bid on. This will be based primarily on your experience as a firm, the experience of your officers, the level scrutiny applied to your submitted financial statement and the strength of your current financial position. If you are dissatisfied with the Board’s decision, you may submit a request for a hearing in writing within 15 days of receiving the Board’s decision.
A copy of the Application for Contractor Prequalification can be found on the Contracts and Specifications page.