In general, state law requires cities and
villages to competitively bid for “public construction,” the estimated
cost of which exceeds $25,000. If the estimated cost exceeds $5,000 but
is not greater than $25,000, the municipality must give a class I
notice, under Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 985, of the proposed
construction before the contract is executed. Wis. Stat. secs. 61.54
(villages) and 62.15 (cities).
State law is not the only source of
bidding requirements. Bidding may also be imposed by local ordinance or
policy and these authorities must be checked before moving forward with a
project to ensure compliance. In addition, when a project involves
state or federal funding, municipal officials should check for any
competitive bidding requirements linked to that funding.