Equal Benefits Ordinance: Tumwater, Wash.

Passed on Feb. 6, 2001
Effective on Jan. 2, 2002

Applies to:

  • City contracts that exceed $50,000;
  • Businesses’ operations within the city. However, if the actual work related to the contract is being performed in another state, the law applies. Also applies to city-owned real property outside of the city if work related to the contract is being performed there; and
  • Does not apply to subcontractors.

Exceptions & Waivers

The city administrator can waive compliance if:

  • Contract is responding to an emergency.
  • The contractor is a sole-source provider.
  • No compliant contractors are capable of providing goods or services that respond to the city’s requirements.
  • City is purchasing through a co-op or joint purchasing agreement bulk purchasing arrangements.
  • The EBO requirements are inconsistent with a grant or agreement with a public agency.
  • The contractor is a public entity.


The city administrator can impose sanctions that can include:

  • Prohibiting the contractorfrom bidding or being rewarded a county contract for up to five years;
  • Contractual remedies, such as termination of contracts or liquidated damages;
  • Other appropriate contractual and civil remedies and sanctions; and
  • Remedial action.


Tumwater Municipal Code, §3.46


City Administrator John Doan
Executive Department
Email: jdoan@ci.tumwater.wa.us