I'm wondering if it is lawful for a governmental regulatory agency to provide a list of private engineering firms.
To give a little more detail:
- civil engineering firms are typically hired to produce designs and specifications related to residential dwelling construction in this particular region ( California). It is my understanding that any professional engineer licensed in the state is qualified to provide these services.
- the property owner initially contacts the regulatory agency to figure out the general process of land development
- the regulatory agency then provides a list (4 or 5 forms on the list) of private engineering firms and essentially implies to the property owner that he must hire a firm from the list and if a firm is not on the list that firm is not qualified.
I'm wondering if there is perhaps some legal statue restricting the government agency from providing a list and essentially recommending private engineering firms?