Washington requires all contractors to hold a current Washington contractor’s license issued by the Contractors State License Board. In addition, there may be specific bond and insurance requirements listed in greater detail on the state website.
If you’re considering bidding on construction projects in Washington, you will want to visit the Washington Worker Safety website. Understanding the state’s latest worker safety requirements will be helpful as you prepare your bids for Washington construction projects.
Subcontractors and suppliers report that they struggle to find and connect with reputable and busy general contractors. PlanHub has reviewed the latest construction industry data to determine Washington’s most prominent and active general contractors, and here are their website links.
There is no schedule or regulatory process for posting new blueprints to a plan room or to start the bidding process. Plans for new construction projects go out to bid once the architect receives approval from the project owner who has finalized the plans. Depending on the project’s size, scope, and complexity, new drawings can take a few weeks to several months to complete. Once PlanHub receives a new construction project, the plans, specs, and bidders list are available to you online within a few hours.
Once you’re properly licensed, you may take the initiative and begin submitting your bid to the general contractors bidding on the project, or to the project owner directly. Log in to the PlanHub plan room to pick and choose the projects that match your trade or scope of work, and then start your usual takeoff process. Certain publicly funded projects may contain specific bidding requirements or forms, typically included with the plans and specs.
The Washington AGC and the Inland Northwest AGC chapters provides training, support, and business resources to help contractors build a better construction environment for the future.
Since most state building codes provide a baseline of occupant safety and comfort, some similarities from one state to the next are to be expected. However, each state creates its building code to address unique localized environmental issues such as hurricanes, tornadoes, landslides, flooding, and even earthquakes.