The Construction Bidding Procedures Act, enacted by the Iowa Legislature in 2006 for all contracts entered into by public owners on or after January 1, 2007, represents the most comprehensive rewrite of Iowa’s competitive bidding laws. The legislation can be found in Iowa Code Chapter 26. The act applies to “government entities” defined to include cities / libraries. Iowa Code section 26.2 defines "public improvement" as “a building or construction work which is constructed under the control of a governmental entity and is paid for in whole or in part with funds of the governmental entity…” The formal competitive bidding procedure is applicable to public improvements with an estimated cost exceeding $100,000. There are several distinct steps in the competitive bidding process. Some of the required steps may occur behind the scenes, while other steps must be taken in public after public notice and after the public has been given the opportunity to address the governing body concerning the proposed public improvement. Any library planning construction of a library building or other “public improvement” should review this legislation.