What is a Notice of Completion?

After final acceptance of any public works project over $35,000, a public agency must file a Notice of Completion with the Department of Revenue (DOR), Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), and Employment Security Department (ESD) (RCW 60.28.051).

Each state agency must approve the Notice of Completion separately, at which point each agency will send a certificate of release certifying that all applicable taxes, premiums, and penalties have been paid. If DOR, L&I, or ESD report that there are unpaid taxes or fees, the agency must pay the missing amount to the state within 10 days and subtract it from the retainage (RCW 60.28.060).

For further information, please see the ESD Retainage Release FAQ.

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1. What is Public Work?
2. What is required of a Contractor once they are awarded a Public Works Contract?
3. When will I get my retainage back?
4. What do I need to bid on a Public Works project?
5. Why are bonds required?
6. What is retainage?
7. What is prevailing wage?
8. What is a Notice of Completion?
9. Are prevailing wages required for non-standard items?