Department of Public Works – Boards and Commissions

Welcome The Office of Boards and Commissions prequalifies all construction contractors and design consultants intending to perform contracts with the City of Baltimore that exceed $25,000.00


Design & Construction Projects

Boards and Commissions  

Q:  How long does it take to process a Consultant or Contractor application to receive a Prequalification Certificate?

A: A minimum of 40 days from date application is received to the date of Board of Estimates approval for contractors and 30 days for consultants.

Q:  What is the process once a Contractor or Consultant application has been received by the Office of Boards and Commissions?

A: For a Contractor or Consultant the processing involves checking the application for completeness as well as checking references, additionally for the Contractor confirming an Affirmative Action Plan approval, conducting a financial analysis to determine your company’s work capacity rating amount and then for both Contractor and Consultant a recommendation to, and approval by, the Board of Estimates.

Q:  What Office do I contact about filing an Affirmative Action Plan?

A: The Baltimore City Office of Boards and Commissions, number 410-396-6883.

Q:  Do I need to include all current project references with contact names and numbers related to the categories for which my company is requesting prequalification?

A: Yes, references are checked before a prequalification certification recommendation can be forwarded to the Board of Estimates for approvaL.


Q:  Does my company’s financial statement (for a contractor application) need to be prepared by an independent Certified Public Accountant?

A: If your company is seeking approval for a work capacity rating of $8M or greater then a ‘reviewed’ or ‘audited’ financial statement prepared by an independent CPA must be submitted. A submittal with a ‘reviewed’ financial statement has a limit of $8M and an ‘audited’ financial statement allows for a greater work capacity rating. If your company is filing with a financial statement ‘compiled’ internally then a work capacity rating is allowed up to and including $1.5M.


Q:  May I get an extension on my current Prequalification Certificate?

A: If your current Prequalification Certificate has not expired a one time extension will be given for applications expiring and received before September 1, 2011. After that time no extensions will be granted for late or incomplete application submittals.

Services Provided

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Registration Assistance
  • Subcontracting Opportunities
  • Women, Minority & Business Disadvantaged Certification

Registration, License and Permits

  • Registration, License and Permits
Contact Information
Deena Joyce
4 South Frederick Street
4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 396-3229