Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) DBE regulation, 49 CFR Part 26, went into effect March 4, 1999. John Wayne Airport (JWA) is required to develop and implement a DBE program in compliance with 49 CFR Part 26.

On July 20, 2022, JWA conducted a stakeholders meeting to solicit public comments regarding the establishment of the Airport’s DBE goal for federally-funded projects anticipated in federal fiscal years 2023 through 2025. On August 4, 2022, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Civil Rights approved JWA’s three-year, 100% race-neutral, overall DBE goal of 6.3%.


Additional Resources

For information about the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, including how to become DBE certified, please visit: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/civil-rights/dbe

Firms that meet the certification standards can apply for certification with a DBE certifying agency in California. Please note it can take up to 90 days per federal regulations to receive a decision from the certifying agency if all the required information is provided. Please see the Caltrans website and the California Unified Certification Program’s roster of DBE and ACDBE certifying agencies for more information: 

Caltrans DBE Certification Information 
CUCP Roster of Certifying Agencies

For information about Programs and Technical Assistance Resources provided by USDOT, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), please view the brochure below.


Learn about JWA's DBE Disparity Study