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Contact 90 West Broad Street, Suite 108 
Columbus, OH 43215
Office :  614-645-0359  
Fax :   614-645-5818
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Finance Director's Bio Joe Lombardi has over 25 years of experience with the City of Columbus focusing on procurement, financial management and administration. - Learn More

Construction Prequalification Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who must prequalify to receive or perform construction service work?

a.)   All potential bidders (primes)

b.)   All licensed construction trade subcontractors seeking to perform any portion of work on city construction service work.  

Licensed construction trade subcontractors are as follows:

  • Heating
  • Ventilating
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigeration
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Hydronics
  • Fire protection or fire equipment

2. Who may receive or perform construction service work?

Effective January 1, 2015, only potential bidders prequalified responsible or prequalified provisionally responsible by bid due date may be awarded a contract for city construction service work.  Only licensed construction trade subcontractors prequalified responsible or prequalified provisionally responsible by bid due date may subcontract or perform on city construction service work.  No business entity prequalified not responsible may receive or perform city construction service work.

3. When do I need to apply for prequalification?
Prequalification applications are accepted January 1st through December 31st each year.  Returning applicants should see the Guide to Construction Prequalification or contact the Office regarding when to re-apply.

4. How long will the prequalification process take? 

The Office of Construction Prequalification will make a decision on prequalification within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of a complete prequalification application.  Any omitted information may delay the processing time.

5. Where and how do I apply for prequalification?
All potential bidders and all licensed construction trade subcontractors seeking to perform any portion of work on city construction service work must submit to the Office of Construction Prequalification a full and complete application for responsibility prequalification. A construction prequalification applications can be submitted via fax or email.  No hard copies of the application or supplemental documentation will be accepted.  DO NOT MAIL your application and supplemental documents.  An application can be found on our web page ( /prequalification.aspx) and should be submitted at the following location:

Office of Construction Prequalification
Phone: (614)645-0359
Fax:  (614)645-5818
prequalification@columbus.gov

6. How frequently do I need to apply for prequalification?
All potential bidders and all licensed construction trade subcontractors seeking to perform any portion of work on city construction service work must submit to the Office of Construction Prequalification a complete application for responsibility prequalification on an annual basis.

7. Who should be contacted with questions about the prequalification application? 

Should you have questions you can reach us at (614)645-0359 or prequalification@columbus.gov

Please see the Guide to Construction Prequalification located on our website for further details regarding prequalification process.