Overview of RCL

Effective January 1, 2015 a contractor is not eligible for certain construction contracts unless they qualify as a responsible contractor under Minnesota’s Responsible Contractor Law, Minnesota Statute § 16C.285.

The responsible contractor requirement applies to publicly financed projects where the contract with the prime contractor is expected to exceed $50,000 and is awarded through either the lowest responsible bidder method or the best value selection method. The responsible contractor requirement applies to both prime contractors and subcontractors, regardless of subcontract value.

The Responsible Contractor Law applies to construction projects undertaken by state agencies, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the University of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Council, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, counties, or municipalities. See the Responsible Contractor Law Summary or the Responsible Contractor Law for a full list of contracting entities that are governed by the Responsible Contractor Law.

When a contractor has committed a violation or has another deficiency that renders the contractor unable to meet the minimum criteria of a responsible contractor, public documents are generally created. These documents are valuable to the Responsible Contractor Law’s purpose of transparency and accountability. As such, we strive to post all known and available public documents or a corresponding link to the information related to a contractor’s ineligibility for public construction contracts. ResponsibleMN.org makes every effort to keep the listings on this website as accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date as possible. If any information on this website is inaccurate, or if you have documents related to a contractor's eligibility status, please contact us via our Contact Us form.

This website is a free public service to help project owners and general contractors when they are reviewing responsible contractor requirements on Minnesota’s public construction projects. Minnesota’s Responsible Contractor Law is intended to enhance accountability and transparency in public construction. The entire text of Minnesota’s Responsible Contractor Law can be found here. A detailed summary of the law is available here.