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The Designing and Constructing Public Facilities Manual contains requirements and recommendations for awarding construction project contracts. The Chapter 30B Manual contains information about procurement requirements and recommendations.

To help cities and towns understand the legal requirements and best practices for awarding construction contracts, former Inspector General Joseph Barresi created the Designing and Constructing Public Facilities Manual. First published in 1985, the manual provides guidance for procurement and contracting practices for the construction of schools, police and fire stations, road and bridge projects, and other public facilities. You may purchase a manual from the State Bookstore or download for free below.

The Massachusetts Legislature enacted the Uniform Procurement Act (Chapter 30B) in 1990. Chapter 30B establishes procedures to follow for most agreements for acquisitions of supplies and services, dispositions of surplus supplies, and real property acquisitions and dispositions by local governmental bodies. Former Inspector General Barresi realized that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) could be helpful in educating city and town officials about the provisions the new law required. Using the Designing and Constructing Public Facilities Manual as a guide, the office published the Chapter 30B Manual.

Contact Information

Address

Office of the Inspector General
One Ashburton Place, Room 1311, Boston, MA 02108

Phone

Available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M-F. Our Chapter 30B Assistance Hotline is for public employees and individuals with Chapter 30B procurement questions. Direct questions related to design and construction procurement to the Attorney General’s Office.

We welcome non-English speakers to contact us. Confidential translation services are available in most languages. Call Chapter 30B Assistance Contact Information, We welcome non-English speakers to contact us. Confidential translation services are available in most languages. at

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