CSAC Bulletin Article

Action Needed – “Request for Signature” Letters on AB 400 (Rubio) Local agency design-build projects: authorization. 

August 31, 2023

AB 400 by Assemblymember Rubio is now enrolled and on its way to the Governor’s Desk. This is a CSAC-sponsored bill that would extend the sunset date in existing law which allows counties to continue using the design-build procurement process.  This bill would allow counties to continue using this method until January 1, 2031.

CSAC strongly encourages counties to send your “Request for Signature” letters to the Governor on this measure. For your reference, CSAC’s coalition letter is available here.


  • CSAC encourages counties to submit “Request for Signature” letters to the Governor’s Office ASAP.
  • Once finalized, please send a copy to Kristina Gallagher (kgallagher@counties.org), and to the Governor’s Legislative Unit email address: leg.unit@gov.ca.gov


Existing statute enacts more uniform provisions authorizing most local agencies, counties included, to use the DB procurement process for specified public works projects within Public Contract Codes Sections 22160-22169, which excludes roads but includes buildings, utility improvements associated with buildings, flood control, underground utility improvements, and bridges.

The DB method is an approach to delivering public works projects in which both the design and construction of a project are procured from a single entity. Under design-build, the owner contracts with a single entity to both design and construct a project at a fixed price.  Simultaneously, contractors are provided with more flexibility over project design, materials and construction methods. This promotes project design and construction innovation, which can result in higher quality, as well as cost savings. The approach also reduces the county and local agencies risk and results in fewer litigation claims for all parties involved.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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