Last week we discussed two 2021 statutory developments in the field of public bidding: the Electronic Construction Procurement Act, which concerns the use of electronic bidding procedures to solicit and receive bids; and the Design-Build Construction Services Procurement Act, which grants broad authority for governmental bodies to employ an alternate, “design-build” form of procurement.

Today we look at the Appellate DIvision’s decision in Dobco, Inc. v. Bergen County Improvement Authority, 2021 N.J. Super. LEXIS 93 (App. Div., July 8, 2021). The Dobco decision stopped counties from utilizing the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, in conjunction with the County Improvement Authorities Law, as a means to bypass the restrictions of the Local Public Contract Law (LPCL).