ANSWER: In California, taking core samples, surveying and inspection work is covered by California prevailing wage. The definition of “public work” includes, construction, preconstruction, design work and even work performed on a site for a public agency where there is no expectation that a construction project will eventually be built (new change in the law). The California legislature continues to expand the definition of public works, so it is always good to check for updates in January when the new laws take effect.

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