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Reciprocal Preference Information
California (CA)
 
 
Tie-Bid Preference    
Preference(%)                       
Conditions                                                                                           
Yes. 
"In case of the bid between a Small Business (SB) and a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), the award goes to the DVBE."
5% of lowest responsive responsible non-small business's net bid price when certified SB is not the lowest bidder.
Small Business (SB) (GC 14838). Goods, services, construction and  IT. The maximum preference is $50,000 and when combined with other preferences, the preference total cannot exceed $100,000.  
Up to 5% lowest responsive, responsible non-small business net bid price that is not subcontracting with a SB when SB is not the lowest bidder
Non-small Business Subcontractor Preference (GC 14838), goods, services, construction and  IT. The maximum preference is $50,000 and when combined with other preferences, the preference total cannot exceed $100,000. Applies to bids submitted by non-small business that are subcontracting with at least 25% to a certified SB. Applies unless application of the preference would preclude a SB from winning the contract. 
5% of the lowest virgin net bid price.  
Recycled Tires (PRC 42891-42894), goods. Applies unless application of the preference would preclude a SB from winning the contract. The maximum preference is %50,000, and when combined with other preferences, the preference total cannot exceed $100,000.00
5% of the lowest responsive, responsible net bid price for worksite in distressed area: an additional 1-4% for hiring high risk unemployed people percentage of workforce during contract performance using scale below:
1% for 5-9%, 2% for 10-14%, 3% for 15-19%, 4% for 20 or more.

Target Area Contract Preference Act (TACPA) (GC 4533 ct seq.). Applies to Goods and  service contracts over $100,000 if the work site is located in a distressed area as designated by the Office of Planning and Research.  TACPA allows to award California based companies the bid preference when 50% of the labor required to perform goods contracts or 90% for service contracts. The maximum preference is $50,000, and when combined with other preferences, the preference total cannot not exceed 15% of the net bid price or $100,000, whichever is lower. The hiring preference is allowed only if the worksite preference is claimed and the bidder is eligible for it. The worksite preference does not apply if the state specifies the worksite where the work is to be completed. To receive a contract award based on preferences, the company must certify under penalty of perjury that the required contract labor shall be accomplished at the approved worksite.
Same as for TACPA except applies to worksites in enterprise zones and hiring persons living in targeted employment area or are enterprise zone eligible.
Economic Zone Act (EZA) (GC 7084 et seq.)
Goods & IT. Works the same as the TACPA preference.  
Same as for TACPA except applies to worksites in local agency military base recovery area and hiring people living in such area.
Local Agency Military Base Recovery Area (LAMBRA) (GC 7118). Goods & IT. Works the same as the TACPA preference.  
SB and DVBE Certification The Office of Small Business and DVBE Certification (OSDC) further promotes small business participation by administering the Certification Reciprocity Program.  The Program's intent is to build partnerships with cities, counties and special districts throughout California in accepting the state's small business certification.  The reciprocity process allows the small business to go through only one certification procedure while having their certification valid with both the state and the participating agency.  The certified small business is able to optimize the benefits that both certification programs offer.  If you have questions, contact the Reciprocity staff at reciprocity@dgs.ca.gov or call (916) 375-4940.