East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) processes all pre-qualification applications through PlanetBids. PlanetBids is a web-based online application, free, fast, simple, safe, and easy to use. Pre-qualification applications must be received (PCC 20111.6) a minimum of ten (10) calendar days prior to bid opening, and contractors must be pre-qualified a minimum of five (5) calendar days prior to bid opening. ESUHSD is unique and looks forward to establishing a successful working relationship with our Contractors.

Before getting started, read and fill out: Pre-qualification Supplemental Questionnaire, you will be requested to upload this questionnaire with your application in PlanetBids along with:

  • Current Year Financials
  • Surety Bonding
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Letter from Financial Institution
  • Apprenticeship Program Statements
  • EMR

To apply, gather the approved documents, please follow the simple steps below:

  1. Sign up at PlanetBids website and submit your pre-qualification application online. 
  2. Submit your application and along with your supplemental documents at PlanetBids.com.
  3. Once approved, you will receive an email indicating your approval, expiration date, and limit (if applicable).
  4. Click here to view the Prequalification Appeal Procedure
  5. Click here to view our current Bond Projects

Contractors who have a login can access the pre-approved list of pre-qualified businesses under the “Certified Vendors” tab.

ESUHSD has always required General Contractors to be pre-qualified on all Bond Construction Contracts.  In order to comply with California Assembly Bill AB 1565, which went into effect on January 1, 2014, we require all M/E/P Subcontractors to also be pre-qualified.

This applies to the following license classifications:

  • General Contractors (A and B)
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing subcontractors (C-4, C-7, C-10, C-16, C-20, C-34, C-36, C-38, C-42, C-43, and C-46)

If you have any questions regarding the Prequalification or CUPCCAA process, please contact Sharon House at houses@esuhsd.org or (408) 347-5080. In addition, you may also contact support at PlanetBids with questions regarding the website or for technical support.

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