Purchasing/Vendor Lists
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Purchasing/Vendor Lists

The City has a decentralized purchasing process and strives to purchase at the lowest cost to the City, commensurate with quality.  That is to say, each department is empowered to purchase the products and services it needs to provide its services to the community at the lowest cost to the City, commensurate with quality

The City's purchasing process is governed by its purchasing ordinance which can be found here.

For NON-FEDERALLY FUNDED purchases of:

A. Supplies, services, equipment and public project/capital improvement:

1.  Purchases of $10,000 - $50,000 ($45,000 - $175,000 for public project/capital improvement) need to go through an informal bid process.  

2.  Purchases greater than $50,000 (greater than $175,000 for public project/capital improvement) need to go through a formal bid process.

B. Professional services

1.   Less than $50,000 need to go through a RFP process and requires City Manager's approval of RFP and contract award.

2.   $50,000 or greater need to go through a RFP process and requires City Council's approval of RFP and contract award.

For FEDERALLY FUNDED purchases of:

A. Supplies, services, equipment, and public project/capital improvement:

1.   Purchases of greater than $3,500 - $50,000 (greater than $3,500 - $150,000 for public project/capital improvement) need to go through an informal bid process.  

2.   Purchases greater than $50,000 (greater than $150,000 for public project/capital improvement) need to go through a formal bid process.

B. Professional services

1.    Less than $50,000 need to go through RFP process and requires City Manager's approval of RFP and contract award.

2.   $50,000 or greater need to go through RFP process and requires City Council's approval of RFP and contract award.

While each department has authority to purchase its own goods and services, some things are purchased centrally.  Examples include copiers and letterhead (City Clerk), janitorial supplies (Building Maintenance), vehicles (Vehicle Maintenance), and computer hardware / software (Information Technology), to name a few.If you own a company that is looking to sell goods and services to the City, go to our Contacts page to find the department most appropriate in which to contact.

 

If you are interested in getting your company's name on the City's Bidder's List contact the Department Director. The City's purchasing function is delegated to each operating department.  If you sell goods or services that one of the City's Department could use, you are encouraged to contact them directly. 

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Foster City, CA 94404
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