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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Requirements

Program implementation details are outlined in the governing administrative codes and statutes: §§ 281.58 and 281.59 and 281.61, Wis. Stat., and chs. NR 162 and 166, Wis. Adm. Code.

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.

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Disclaimer of guidance: This document is intended solely as guidance and does not contain any mandatory requirements except where requirements found in statute or administrative rule are referenced. Any regulatory decisions made by the Department of Natural Resources in any matter addressed by this guidance will be made by applying the governing statutes and administrative rules to the relevant facts.

Last revised: Wednesday March 04 2020