Public bidding

Find information about challenging public works construction and building construction contracts under competitive bidding laws.

The Office of the Attorney General enforces the competitive bidding laws that govern contracts for public works construction. You can file a bid protest with our office if you think an awarding authority or bidder has violated these laws.

Please note that we cannot give any legal advice as to what actions a bidder or awarding authority should or should not take with respect to procurements. The statutory authority of the Attorney General to render formal legal opinions is limited to the context of formal bid protest proceedings, or opinion requests made by state officials in limited circumstances such as lawsuits and other civil proceedings, district attorneys, and branches and committees of the Legislature. See G.L. c. 12, §§ 3, 6, and 9.

However, there are numerous resources available to those interested in learning more about public procurements and how the governing law might apply to your particular situation. They include our Bid FAQs, the Designing and Constructing Public Facilities guide published by the Office of the Inspector General, our searchable database of Bid Protest decisions that address many issues encountered in public construction bidding, and resources about bid disputes. MCLE also publishes a guide called Massachusetts Construction Law and Litigation which is available through Lexis, Westlaw, the publisher, and likely your local law library. Of course, consulting legal counsel may also be a well-advised step.

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