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Environmental Loans (EL) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirements

When financing a project through the Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) or the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP), all municipalities and their prime contractors must make good faith efforts to utilize disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs).

Important guidance

In order to understand the DBE requirements and how they apply to your project, it is important that you read through each of the following guidance materials.

DBE fact sheet

The DBE Fact Sheet [PDF] contains information regarding the laws governing the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s DBE requirements.

Contract packet for DBE compliance

Much of the language included in the Contract Packet for DBE Compliance [PDF] must be included in the bidding documents provided to potential contractors. We encourage consulting engineers to include this entire packet in bidding documents and the actual construction contract. This packet contains important information for compliance with the EPA's DBE regulations, such as:

  • Page 2 - Requirements matrix will help you determine which DBE requirements you need to comply with for each specific project
  • Page 3 - Six Good Faith Efforts
  • Page 3 - Federal Equivalency vs. non-federal equvalency project requirements
  • Page 4 - Contract administration requirements
  • Page 5 - Required contract conditions
  • Pages 8, 9 - Solicitation guidance for ALL municipalities and projects

Lists of certified DBEs

Your DBE solicitation efforts must include contacts with firms listed on one or more of these Unified Certification Programs (UCPs).

  • Most Wisconsin municipalities contact DBE firms on the WisDOT UCP list to solicit bids for their construction projects.


Contact information
Direct questions about DBE requirements to:
Jessica Wagner
Meja Maka

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Last revised: Tuesday October 01 2019