NYSSPE Video: Can a municipality require a bid bond for engineering services?

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The video above serves to answer a question that one of our members asked: can a municipality require a bid bond for engineering services?  This member encountered this issue himself when his firm recently bid on an engineering project in a municipality in New York.

NYSSPE legislative counsel Mark Kriss, Esq. explains in the video that it is lawful for a municipality to require a bid bond for engineering services, but it is extremely rare, and this was the first occurrence that he has seen in his thirty years of practicing.  Requiring a bid bond might deter engineering firms from submitting proposals and in turn reduce the number of firms interested in working in that municipality.

NYSSPE consistently promotes the use of Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) which you can learn about in this recent video.

If you are an NYSSPE member, with a question, please submit it to us and we will attempt to answer it for you.

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