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.