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CWSRF - Davis Bacon Compliance Information

Financial Assistance Programs – Grants and Loans

Davis-Bacon Act Compliance

The Clean Water/Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs (CWSRF/DWSRF) provides assistance to cities, counties, municipalities, and communities across the State of California. This assistance comes with Federal requirements which are unfamiliar to many assistance recipients. The State Water Resources Control Board publishes information to the public regarding Davis-Bacon Act compliance on this web page.

  • Compliance Notice
    All CWSRF/DWSRF Financial Agreements executed on or after October 30, 2009 will need to comply with Davis-Bacon provisions regardless of the funding source.

    In order to comply with these provisions, it is the responsibility of the CWSRF/DWSRF recipient to ensure that all contractors and subcontractors:

    • Include appropriate wage determinations and required clauses in bids and contracts
    • *Verify registration in approved U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Programs
    • Conduct employee wage rate interviews
    • Collect/review weekly payroll and compliance statements
    • Post in a conspicuous location applicable wage determinations and Davis-Bacon posters at construction site

    Davis-Bacon compliance is required for the entirety of the construction activities financed by the assistance agreement through completion of construction, no matter when construction commences.

    *The California Department of Industrial Relations (CDIR) and the California Apprenticeship Council (CAC) is no longer recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship (DOL/ETA OA). Therefore, all apprentices working on construction projects financed through CWSRF/DWSRF agreements must be registered in a bona fide apprenticeship program recognized by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, U.S. Department of Labor.

    To obtain DOL Apprenticeship Program and allowable ratio of apprentice to journeyman documentation, please email Rick Davis, DOL/ETA OA.

    The following is a guide to be used for CWSRF/DWSRF projects:
    • Bid/Contract Documents:
      1. Physically include wage determinations which can be found at www.wdol.gov.
      2. Physically include Davis-Bacon language.
    • During Construction:
      1. Davis-Bacon poster and wage determinations (federal and state) must be posted in a conspicuous place at the project construction site.
      2. Contractors and subcontractors must submit weekly certified payrolls to recipient.
      3. Recipient or authorized representative compare payrolls to wage determinations to ensure wages and fringes are being paid.
      4. Recipient or authorized representative conduct employee interviews using Labor Standards Interview Form (Standard Form 1445).
      5. The recipient, contractors/subcontractors shall be prepared to make available any Davis-Bacon documentation to State Water Board, EPA, DOL, and other auditing authorities.
    • After Construction:
      1. Certified payrolls and interview forms must be kept for three (3) years
      2. Davis-Bacon documentation must remain available for review by State Water Board, EPA, DOL and other auditing authorities for a period of at least (3) years after completion of construction
  • Posters
    • Wage Poster (WH-1321) – This poster must be posted at the construction site in a conspicuous place protected from the weather in all relevant languages.  »»  English  |  Spanish
  • Forms
  • References
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), updated 9/18/2013

Davis Bacon Reference Links

Questions?

For more information about Davis-Bacon Compliance, please email us at DavisBacon@waterboards.ca.gov or phone (916) 327-7323