Apply for a Project Determination

The Construction Wage Standards Section determines prevailing wage rates for most local governmental unit and state public works projects and publicly funded private construction projects. A prevailing wage rate determination is commonly referred to as a "white sheet".

If you have a question on a Department of Transportation state highway project in Wisconsin, please call 608-266-6961. If you have a question on a federal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rate determination, visit the website www.wdol.gov/. If you want to file a complaint on a federal Davis-Bacon project in Wisconsin, please call 608-441-5221.

As of July 1, 2011, projects of public works with total estimated costs of completion that equal or exceed the single-trade and multiple-trade project thresholds require a prevailing wage rate determination. A "single-trade project of public works" means a project in which a single trade accounts for 85 percent or more of the total labor cost of the project. The single trade threshold is $48,000. A "multiple-trade project of public works" means a project in which no single trade accounts for 85 percent or more of the total labor cost of the project. a) The multiple-trade threshold is $100,000, unless a municipality falls under the description in b). b) The multiple-trade threshold of $234,000 applies to public works projects erected, constructed, repaired, remodeled, or demolished by a private contractor for a city or village with a population less than 2500, or a town.

A copy of the applicable prevailing wage rate determination must be posted by the contracting agency in at least one conspicuous and easily accessible place on the site of a project. A local governmental unit may post this document at the place normally used to post public notices if there is no common site on a project. This document must remain posted during the entire time any worker is employed on a project and must be physically incorporated into all proposals, specifications, contracts and most subcontracts.

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