Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program



Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) firms are strongly encouraged to participate in County of San Diego’s contract opportunities.  County projects funded in whole or in part with federal Department of Transportation (DOT) funding sources are subject to DBE requirements set forth in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 26.  In those instances where the County receives federal funding from the DOT through the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the County is required to comply with Caltrans DBE Program requirements.  Similarly, when the County obtains funds for airport projects from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), FAA DBE Program requirements apply.

The County of San Diego, Department of Public Works (DPW), has signed Exhibit 9-A DBE Implementation Agreement for Local Agencies and is therefore a local agency participant under the Caltrans DBE Program.  The County submits an annual plan to Caltrans listing the measures the County will take to assist Caltrans in achieving its overall statewide DBE goal. The local agency plan is set forth in Exhibit 9-B Local Agency DBE Annual Submittal Form. In addition, the County has signed a DBE Program Policy Statement for FAA-Assisted Contracts and established a local agency FAA DBE Program as a local agency participant under the FAA DBE Program.

The County DPW Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (DBELO) for both FHWA and FAA assisted County projects may be contacted at (858) 694-8951 or via email at Adolfo.Cacho@sdcounty.ca.gov.


Many useful online resources are available to assist business firms in understanding and achieving DBE and SBE participation on federal aid projects.  You are encouraged to visit some of those websites through links provided below and review the information contained in each.  Other links to more detailed information and related areas of interest may be found on those websites.

Caltrans Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM)

Caltrans Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) Forms

Caltrans Local Programs Procedures (LPP)

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance Office Bulletins (DLA-OBs)

Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity (OBEO)

California Unified Certification Program (UCP)

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - Civil Rights

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – Office of Civil Rights


To find a certified DBE firm, visit the Caltrans website portal to the California Unified Certification Program (UCP) database.

To find information about becoming a certified DBE, visit the California Department of Transportation Office of Business & Economic Opportunity website.

To find contract opportunities with the County of San Diego, visit the County of San Diego Online Procurement System (BuyNet) website.

To find information about doing business with the County of San Diego, visit the Department of Purchasing and Contracting website.