Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

One way the City helps women- and minority owned businesses is through its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. This program offers resources and special consideration in City projects funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, including projects at the Petaluma Municipal Airport.

Our DBE program is a condition of receiving funds from the Department of Transportation (DOT). It is designed to ensure our transportation contract bidding process is equitable and non-discriminatory.

The DOT requires us to update this program every four years. We are seeking input on the draft of our latest update, which will be presented to the DOT in September 2022.



Hear from City staff and our DBE consultant about:

  • Who qualifies for the DBE program
  • Which upcoming City projects are DBE eligible
  • How to apply for projects through the DBE program
  • Where to get help and access DBE programs at other agencies

Program Goals

The City of Petaluma is proposing a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 4.93% for FFY 2022/2023/2024 airport construction contracts. The proposed goals and rationale are available for inspection online or in-person between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at the City Clerk’s Office,11 English Street Petaluma, CA 94952, for 30 days from the date of this publication. Click HERE to view program goals.

Comments on the DBE goal will be accepted for 30 days from the date of this publication and can be sent to the following:

Capital Improvement Program Manager
202 N McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954

In person: Mon-Thurs., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 707-778-4355
email: [email protected]

Shaun A. Bouy
DBE/ACDBE Compliance Specialist – Western Pacific Region
Office of Civil Rights
Federal Aviation Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
777 S. Aviation Blvd, Suite 150
El Segundo, CA  90245

Phone: 267-702-5190

[email protected]


City of Petaluma
Capital Improvement Projects Manager
Jonathan Sanglerat
[email protected]


The City of Petaluma has a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program as a condition of receiving funds from the US Department of Transportation. This program sets forth policies and procedures aimed at removing barriers for and preventing discrimination of women- and minority-owned businesses bidding on DOT-funded projects within the City of Petaluma.

Learn more about the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise requirements at https://www.transportation.gov/civil-rights/disadvantaged-business-enterprise.

In general, to be eligible for the DBE program, persons must own 51% or more of a “small business,” establish that they are socially and economically disadvantaged within the meaning of Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, and prove they control their business.

Groups presumed to be disadvantaged include:

  • Women
  • Black Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Asian-Pacific Americans
  • Subcontinent Asian-Pacific Americans
  • Other minorities found to be disadvantaged by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Persons who are not members of one of the above groups who can establish their social or economic disadvantage.

For more information go to: https://www.transportation.gov/civil-rights/disadvantaged-business-enterprise/eligibility

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