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Become a Best Value Contractor for Dane County

The Dane County Department of Public Works requires all contractors and subcontractors to be pre-qualified as a Best Value Contractor prior to being awarded a contract. Contractors must be qualified prior to Bid Opening to be eligible for award of any Dane County Public Works Contract. Potential subcontractors are urged to become pre-qualified as early as possible. 

Please complete the online or downloadable application and submit with all the necessary attachments. Dane County requires all submitted information to be complete and accurate for the welfare of the public in the performance of a county contract. 

Complete the Online BVC Application

The online application takes 5-10 minutes and includes space to attach additional materials. You will automatically add you to the Best Value Contracting list if you pre-qualify.


Download & Print the BVC Application

Mail the application to:
Department of Public Works, Highway & Transportation
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713 


Contractors or subcontractors of any tier who attain pre-qualification status will retain that status for a period of two (2) years from the date of qualification. 

Please notify the Dane County Department of Public Works within 15 days of any changes to your business or operations that are relevant to the prequalification process. Failure to do so could result in suspension, revocation of your pre-qualification, debarment from county contracts for up to three (3) years, and / or other sanctions under the law.

No contracts will be awarded for construction work performed on Dane County projects unless you are currently approved as a Wisconsin Trade Trainer. You may also apply for approval as an Apprenticeship Trade Trainer to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and agree 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 website here.

Exemptions to Pre-Qualification

  • Contractors who employ less than five (5) apprentice workers
  • Contractors performing work that does not apply to an apprentice-friendly trade, as outlined in Appendix A
  • Contractors provide sufficient documentation to demonstrate one or more of the following:
    • apprentices are not available in your area
    • the applicable apprenticeship program is unsuitable or unavailable
    • there is a documented depression of the local construction market which prevents compliance