Title 38. Public Contracts, Works and Improvements
Chapter 10. Public Contracts
Part II. Letting Contracts
38:2215 Time period for holding bids; issuance of work orders to commence work; exceptions
A. A public entity shall act not later than forty-five calendar days after the date of opening bids to award such public works contract to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder or to reject all bids. However, the public entity and the lowest responsible and responsive bidder, by mutually written consent, may agree to extend the deadline for award by one or more extensions of thirty calendar days.
B. If the lowest responsible and responsive bidder has timely provided all documents required by R.S. 38:2212, and no injunction or temporary restraining order is in effect, the lowest responsible and responsive bidder and the public entity shall execute the contract not later than sixty calendar days after the date of the public entity’s award of the contract to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder.
C. The public entity shall issue to the contractor a notice to proceed with the project or work order not later than thirty calendar days following the date of execution of the contract by both parties, whichever execution date is later. However, the public entity and the contractor, upon mutual written consent of both parties, may agree to extend the deadline to issue the notice to proceed.
D. The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable when the contract is to be financed by bonds which are required to be sold after opening of bids on the contract, or when the contract is to be financed in whole or in part by federal or other funds which will not be readily available at the time bids are opened, or on contracts which require a poll of the Legislature of Louisiana before funds are available to fund the contract. If any time limit stipulated in this Section is not applicable because of one of the exceptions outlined in this Subsection, this fact shall be mentioned in the bidding documents for the project and in the official advertisement for bids required in accordance with R.S. 38:2212.
E. These provisions shall not be subject to waiver.
Acts 1977, No. 103, § 1. Amended by Acts 1991, No. 1043, § 1, eff. July 26, 1991; Acts 1997, No. 1031, § 1; Acts 2012, No. 647, § 1, eff. July 1, 2012; Acts 2014, No. 759, § 1.