LAWA Businesses

Local Business Enterprise/Local Small Business Enterprise

Local Business Enterprise/Local Small Business Enterprise (LBE/LSBE) – Project Specific, the RFB/RFP will specify whether LBE/LSBE compliance is required.


Pursuant to the provisions of Resolution No. 25948 of the Board of Airport Commissioners, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) adopted a Mandatory Local Business Enterprise and Local Small Business Enterprise (LBE/LSBE) Program to encourage businesses to compete for LAWA contracting opportunities, to locate operations and create jobs in the City and to encourage existing local business to refrain from relocating.

In order to qualify as an LBE, a firm must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have a workspace within LA County
  • Must be in compliance with all applicable laws relating to licensing and is not delinquent on any Los Angeles City or Los Angeles County taxes
  • Can demonstrate:
    1. at least 50 of its full-time employees perform work within the boundaries of the County at least 60 percent of their total hours worked on annual basis; or
    2. at least half of its full-time employees work within the boundaries of the County at a minimum of 60 percent of their total regular hours worked on annual basis; or
    3. it is headquartered in the County of Los Angeles. Headquartered means that the business physically conducts and manages all of its operations from a location in the County.

      Note: A Joint Venture must be a legally established entity and be certified as an LBE in order to receive LBE credit. LBE certification by one or more of the joint venture partners will not be considered sufficient to qualify as an LBE

Effective April 21, 2016, the procurement of goods, equipment and services, including design and construction, when the contract involves expenditures in excess of $150,000 will be reviewed for LBE/LSBE subcontracting opportunities. The mandatory participation level will be indicated in the bid/proposal packet.

Failure to meet this LBE/LSBE participation level may disqualify bidding/proposing firms from being considered for award of the contract.

Primes shall be responsible for determining the LBE/LSBE status of its subcontractors for purposes of meeting the LBE/LSBE requirement. A subcontractor must be certified as an LBE and/or LSBE based on the type of work it will be performing. As the LBE/LSBE Program is designed as a subcontracting program, if the Prime is a certified LBE firm it must still utilize LBE subcontractors for the purpose of meeting the mandatory goal for the project. If the Prime is a certified LSBE firm (i.e. certified as both LBE and SBE firm) the Prime’s participation in the contract will count as 100% toward the LBE and LSBE goals.

Certifying Agencies:

Agencies that certify SBEs:

Agency that certifies LBEs:


For more information, please contact: Los Angeles World Airports, Procurement Services Division (former Contract Services Division), P.O. Box 92216, Los Angeles, CA 90009-2216; phone: (424) 646-5380, fax: (424) 646-9262, e-mail:

If you are not certified and wish to obtain Certification Materials or have questions regarding the certification process, please contact 213-847-2644 or 213-847-2650.

For information on business opportunities at LAWA, access RAMPLA. We look forward to doing business with you!

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