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When Does LEAP Apply?

Local Employment Requirements Apply To:

  • Civil projects over $250,000 (water main, sewer, street pavement, etc.)
  • Building projects over $750,000 (Convention Center, Police Station, etc.)
  • Service contracts relating to a public work or improvement that use labor at a City site such as the City's Annual Flagging Contract

Apprentice Utilization Requirements Apply To:

  • Civil or Building projects over $1,000,000 
  • Service contracts relating to a public work or improvement that use labor at a City site such as the City's Annual Flagging Contract over $1,000,000

How It Works

2013 Street Improvements

The mandatory program requires contractors or service providers to employ City of Tacoma Residents, residents from Economically Distressed Areas of the Tacoma Public Utilities Service Area, or Registered Apprentices approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) that reside in Pierce County for 15% of a project's total labor hours on qualifying public works contracts.  The 15% LEAP-hour requirement is based on work performed. 

 

For larger projects that cost more than $1,000,000, there is also 15% Apprentice utilization requirement. Contractors may use a local apprentice to satisfy both requirements at the same time.

The City requires prime contractors to recruit and hire SAC's and/or city of Tacoma residents, see exception below.  Contractors present their Prime Contractor LEAP Utilization Plan for meeting the 15% labor hour requirement at a pre-construction meeting.

 

The Contractor can use subcontractor hours toward meeting the requirement and the contractor must provide a LEAP Employee Verification Form (LEVF) for every person from whom the contractor will claim credit. Contractors who do not meet the requirement are assessed an amount for each hour that is not achieved.  The City of Tacoma may waive the penalty if in the best interest of the City.