The prevailing wage law applies to a public works project in excess of $500,000 for new construction (including painting and decorating) or $45,000 for alteration, repair, renovation, rehabilitation, demolition or reconstruction (including painting and decorating of building or works). To be considered a public work Delaware or any subdivision must be a party involved in appropriating any funds towards a project which requires or involves the employment of mechanics and/or laborers. The specific wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics will be determined by the Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Industrial Affairs, specific to the county in which the work is to be performed.

Compliance Tips:

  • Contractors bidding on jobs over $50,000 must apply for a license.
  • Contractors who do not pay their employees the required prevailing wage rates, or those who fail to submit their certified payrolls and failure to post the notice of the prevailing wage rates that apply to the public works project will pay a civil penalty that range from $1000 to $5000.