Each department in the City has unique needs, and are therefore responsible for their purchasing decisions. We don't have a formal list of vendors that restrict departments in this area. Instead, each department should make their purchasing choices based on price, availability, quality and a variety of other factors. We're also here, as a division of the Finance Department, to assist any department in their purchasing needs, as well as coordinate all formal bids over $50,000.
City Pre-Purchase Requirements
Purchasing procedures are governed by Municipal Code (Purchasing Ordinance). In general, the following pre-purchase requirements apply to City purchases
|Up to $10,000||Comparison shopping|
|$10,000 - $50,000||Minimum of 3 informal bids or quotes required|
|Over $50,000||Formal bidding required|
The names of all formal bids will be published in the Daily Camera newspaper. For those vendors who do not have access to the Internet, paper copies of bid documents are available through the Purchasing Office.
Use of Purchasing Cards
Departments are encouraged to use purchasing cards when buying lower value goods. The cards are generally better because they:
- make it easier for the City to process purchases
- make it easier for vendors to process their accounts
We want employees to only use the purchase card for some vendors, which we've designated as "Purchase Only Vendors." When a vendor is put on this list, they'll be notified by our office.
By ordinance, the City is not required to maintain bid lists.
Bid Plans and Specifications
Plans and specifications for capital improvement projects are sent to several "plan rooms" in the Denver metro area. These are for viewing only and, unless otherwise noted, the bid packages must be picked up at the City Purchasing Office. A 5 percent bid security (bid bond) is required with capital project bids.
Vendors should submit invoices directly to the receiving department. Payments will not be made until the vendor has submitted a completed W-9 Form.
- include the vendor's IRS address for remitting
- indicate the purchase order number,
- indicate the designated department
- be only for goods delivered or services rendered
- not be combined with two or more orders
The City will pay on partial shipments if invoiced.
For information on payment of invoices, contact the Receiving Department. If problems cannot be resolved their, then contact the Finance Department.
All shipping costs are to be born by the vendor or prepaid and added to the invoice. If a purchase order initiated the shipment, shipping tickets should include the purchase order number.
The City of Boulder is exempt from federal, state and local taxes. Pricing on bids should allow for this status unless stated otherwise. The primary exception to this standard is construction contracts where the contractor is considered to be the purchaser for tax purposes. Therefore, City taxes should be included in construction bids. The City's tax exempt numbers are as follows:
|Taxing Agency||Tax Exempt Numbers|
|State of Colorado||98-03489|
|City of Boulder||10868-6|
|Federal Employer Identification Number||84-6000566|
Local and Minority Vendors
The City does not give special concessions to local and minority vendors on award of its contracts; however, in construction bids the City of Boulder encourages bidders to use subcontractors and suppliers located within its limits.
Recycled and Environmentally Preferred Products
The City of Boulder encourages departments to use recycled and environmentally preferable products whenever possible, and requires certain products be purchased in recycled form.