The Contact Monitoring Division (CMD) enforces the requirements of the 14B Ordinance. The Certification Unit is charged with certifying firms that meet the requirements of the 14B Ordinance. This Ordinance is intended to improve the ability of certified firms to compete effectively in the award of City Contracts. Although certification is not required for bidding on City contracts, certified firms can compete more effectively on City contracts because the Contract Compliance Unit (CCO) of the Contract Monitoring Division sets goals on most City contracts, these goals are met by listing only Certified firms.
Certified firms receive "bid discounts" or "rating bonus points" when bidding as Primes, and there are certain contracts that are set aside for bidding by Micro certified firms. To receive these benefits, firms must be certified at time of bid or proposal due date. Presently,there are over 1,400 firms actively certified by CMD in over 270 unique certification categories.
The CMD offers the following types of Certification:
1. Local Business Enterprise (“LBE”) Certification: LBE certification is available only to businesses with a primary place of business in San Francisco.
2. PUC Local Business Enterprise (“PUC-LBE”) Certification: PUC-LBE certification is available only to licensed contractors, construction materials suppliers and truckers/haulers with a primary place of business outside of San Francisco but within the “SFPUC Water System Service Area” and seeking to participate in PUC Hetch Hetchy projects.
3. Non-Profit Entity (“NPE”) Certification: NPE certification is available to non-profit entities with a primary place of business in San Francisco.
4. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Certification: SBA certification is available to businesses who have exceed economic thresholds set for LBEs with a primary place of business in San Francisco.