Construction Procurement Reform Circulars and other relevant Circulars
A government circular is a written statement that provides information and guidelines on laws and procedures. Select (more information) for further details about the Circular.
|Circular 05/23 Initiatives to assist SMEs in Public Procurement
Department of Public Expenditure & Reform Circular 05/23: This Circular is designed to further enable SMEs in competing for public contracts and replaces Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circular 10/2014.
|Circular 05/22 Construction Procurement Reform – Revised Guidelines for Professional Indemnity Insurance Levels in Public Works Projects
Department of Public Expenditure & Reform Circular 05/22: The purpose of this Circular is to provide notification of revised guidelines for professional indemnity insurance (PII) for public works projects procured under the Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF). The guidance and revised procurement documents associated with the procurement of works-related consultancy services come into effect from the date of this Circular (09 February 2022. The guidance and revised procurement documents associated with the procurement of works contractors will be published before the end of February 2022. Please refer to our News Page on this website for further details.
|Circular 24/19 Update of the Public Spending Code (PSC), Guidelines for the Use of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and related rules
Department of Public Expenditure & Reform Circular 20/19: The purpose of this Circular is to notify Departments and Offices that the Public Spending Code (PSC) has been updated, in particular as it applies to capital expenditure; that the guidance in relation to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) has also been updated; and that related guidance material and rules have been consolidated.
|Circular 20/19 Promoting the use of Environmental and Social Considerations in Public Procurement
Department of Public Expenditure & Reform Circular 20/19 promotes the wider use of environmental and social considerations in public procurement with specific regard to the Climate Action Plan 2019
|Circular 10/18 Construction Procurement Reform – Amendment to the threshold for the procurement of public works projects using the Short Public Works Contract (PW-CF6) – Circular 04/08 refers
Department of Public Expenditure & Reform Circular 10/18 amends sections 3 and 6 of Department of Finance Circular 04/08 (published 13/02/2008) in respect of the threshold value for which the Short Public Works Contract (PW-CF6) may be used to procure public works projects.
|Circular 08/18 Construction Procurement Reform – amendments to the Capital Works Management Framework to reflect the introduction of Sectoral Employment Orders in the construction sector and amend the Comparative Cost of Tender exercise.|
|Circular 01/16 Construction Procurement – revision of arrangements for the procurement of public works projects|
|Circular 10/14 Initiatives to assist SMEs in Public Procurement
Circular 10/14: In the context of the reform of the Public Service and the establishment of the Office of Government Procurement, it has been decided to update and strengthen measures aimed at facilitating SME participation in Public Procurement in order to reinforce their application across the public sector. Circular 10/14 therefore replaces Department of Finance Circular 10/10 and applies to all public sector bodies. The Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF) suite of guidance, standard contracts and generic template documents will continue to apply to works and works related services as set out in Circular 06/10.
|Circular 07/13 Reduction of the Current Level of Construction Performance Bonds for use with the Public Works Contracts
Circular 07/13: The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has issued on 1st May 2013 a circular reducing the level of construction performance bonds required on public works contracts. The construction sector has seen extremely high levels of insolvency in recent years which is reflected in the appetite of specialist insurance providers to provide cover at the levels previously sought. The tightening in the market is leading to tendering delays where it is proving increasingly difficult to award contracts should the performance bond level required in the tender exceed 12.5%.
The circular sets out new levels for performance bonds for projects and will take immediate effect.
In the context of the public capital programme this is the first of a number of steps that are being taken to reduce the risk posed by insolvency of a main contractor on a public works contract. In the event of insolvency there is a financial loss sustained both in the additional costs involved in retendering but also due to the delay in providing the project in question. Details of these further steps will be communicated shortly.
|Circular 10/10 Facilitating SME Participation in Public Procurement
Circular 10/10: The Department of Finance Circular 10/10, issued on 13 August 2010, sets out positive measures that contracting authorities are required to take to promote SME involvement in a manner that is consistent with the principles and rules of the existing public procurement regulatory regime.
|Circular 07/10 Construction Procurement Reform – Construction Contracts and Conditions of Engagement Approval
Circular 07/10: The Department of Finance Circular 7/10, issued on 3 June 2010, should be read in conjunction with the Department’s Circulars 40/02, 33/06, 04/08 & 06/10. Circular 7/10 deals with the approval of construction contracts and conditions of engagement for publicly funded projects which are not one of the standard forms included in the Capital Works Management Framework.
|Circular 06/10 Construction Procurement Reform – the New Capital Works Management Framework
Circular 06/10: The Department of Finance Circular 06/10, issued on 5 May 2010, in relation to the CWMF should be read in conjunction with the Department’s Circulars 33/06 & 04/08. Circular 06/10 relates to the introduction of further Government Reform Measures in connection with Public Sector Construction Procurement.
|Circular 04/08 Construction Procurement Reform – additional measures to the revised arrangements for the procurement of public works projects and for the engagement and payment of construction consultants
Circular 04/08: The Department of Finance Circular 04/08, issued on 13 February 2008, should be read in conjunction with the Department’s Circular 33/06.
Please note that the threshold value referenced in Circular 04/08 sections 3 and 6 have been revised by Circular 10/18 (29/08/2018) Change Note 29/08/2018 refers.
|Circular 33/06 Construction Procurement Reform – revision of arrangements for the procurement of public works projects and for the engagement and payment of construction consultants|
|Circular 40/02 –Public Procurement Guidelines – revision of existing procedures for approval of certain contracts in the Central Government sector
Circular 40/02: Sets out revised reporting procedures in relation to Public Sector contracts and the role of the GCC which is separated into 2 distinct entities, 1) dealing with construction procurement and 2) dealing with non-construction supplies and services procurement.