Best Value Contracting Application

Contractors / Licensure Applicants

The Dane County Department of Public Works requires all contractors to be pre-qualified as a best value contractor with the County prior to being awarded a contract. In addition, the County pre-qualifies potential contractors and sub-contractors who wish to work on County contracts. Subcontractors must become pre-qualified ten (10) days prior to commencing work under any Dane County Public Works Contract. Potential subcontractors are urged to become pre-qualified as early as possible. This document shall be completed, properly executed, along with the necessary attachments and additional information that the County requires for the protection and welfare of the public in the performance of a County contract.

Contractors or subcontractors of any tier who attain prequalification status will retain that status for a period of two (2) years from the date of qualification. Contractors shall notify the Dane County Department of Public Works, Highway & Transportation within 15 days of any changes to its business or operations that are relevant to the prequalification application. Failure to do so could result in suspension, revocation of the contractor’s prequalification, debarment from County contracts for up to three years and / or other sanctions available under the law.

No contracts will be awarded for construction work performed on Dane County projects unless the contractor is currently approved as a Wisconsin Trade Trainer or has applied for approval as an Apprenticeship Trade Trainer to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and agrees to an acceptable apprenticeship program. If you are not currently approved as a Wisconsin Trade Trainer, or have not applied for approval as an Apprenticeship Trade Trainer, please contact the Department of Workforce Development - Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards at 608/266-3133 or visit their web site at:


  • Contractors who employ less than five (5) apprenticeable trade workers are not required to prequalify.
  • Contractors performing work that does not apply to an apprenticeable trade, as outlined in Appendix A.
  • The contractor / subcontractor provides sufficient documentation to demonstrate one or more of the following:
    • apprentices are not available in a specific geographic area;
    • the applicable apprenticeship program is unsuitable or unavailable; or
    • there is a documented depression of the local construction market which prevents compliance.

Online Application

The online application takes 5-10 minutes to fill out and will automatically add you to the Best Value Contracting list if you pre-qualify. You can still submit additional materials if you fill out the online application.

Mailed Application

The following application can be mailed to:
Department of Public Works, Highway & Transportation
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713