Resolution for exemption from architect/engineer/surveyor qualification-based selection process



FROM G.S. 143-64.31

WHEREAS, G.S. 143-64.31 requires the initial solicitation and evaluation of firms to perform architectural, engineering, surveying, construction management-at-risk services, and design-build services (collectively “design services”) to be based on qualifications and without regard to fee;

WHEREAS, the City proposes to enter into one or more contracts for design services for work on [name or description of the project that is being exempted by the resolution]; and

WHEREAS, G.S. 143-64.32 authorizes units of local government to exempt contracts for design services from the qualifications-based selection requirements of G.S. 143-64.31 if the estimated fee is less than $50,000; and

WHEREAS, the estimated fee for design services for the above-described project is less than $50,000.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE [Governing Board] OF THE [Unit of Government] RESOLVES:

Section 1.  The above-described project is hereby made exempt from the provisions of G.S. 143-64.31.

Section 2.  This resolution shall be effective upon adoption.


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  1. The exemption is authorized only for contracts with an estimated fee of less than $50,000.
  2. No justification for exercising the exemption is required; the unit of government may include a justification if it wishes by adding an additional WHEREAS clause stating the justification.
  3. While this document is styled as a resolution to be adopted by the governing board, G.S. 143-64.32 does not require governing board approval.  The text of this document may be converted to a memo to the project file executed by any official or employee authorized to do so.