Bidding & Contracting
Redmond is a code City operating under Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 35A, the Optional Municipal Code. There are no statutory bidding requirements for the City when purchasing supplies, materials, equipment or services not used in conjunction with a public work or architectural, engineering, or surveying consulting work. As such, the City has developed its own set of policies and procedures for the purchase of needed goods and services. Purchases relating to Public Works Construction and Architectural, Engineering or Surveying consulting work follow the competitive bidding procedures as outlined in RCW 39.
 
Architectural, Engineering and Surveying
The City uses a shared electronic roster maintained by the eCityGov Alliance for soliciting architectural, engineering, and surveying services. Consultants can register as a vendor and post their Statement of Qualifications by joining the Shared Procurement Portal under Vendor Registration.
 
General City Opportunities
The City posts Invitations for Bid (IFB) and/or Requests for Proposals (RFP) on the General City Opportunities webpage. Suppliers, consultants and contractors are invited to respond to the postings for General and Professional Services and Selected Commodities. For automatic notification of opportunities, suppliers, consultants and contractors can register on the Shared Procurement Portal.
 
Public Works Opportunities
The City posts Public Works bidding opportunities on the Public Works Opportunities webpage. Projects with estimated construction costs of $300,000 or greater are also advertised in the Daily Journal of Commerce. Projects with estimated construction costs of less than $300,000 are advertised in the Shared Procurement Portal in addition to the webpage.
 
Shared Procurement Portal
The City has partnered with other public agencies to create a regional website that consolidates procurement services, making it easy for the government and businesses to work together. The Shared Procurement Portal is a service offered by eCityGov Alliance, a partnership organization providing regional services.
 
For automatic notification of opportunities, businesses can register as a vendor on the Shared Procurement Portal under the Vendor Registration. Registered businesses access the portal listings by logging into the Shared Procurement Portal’s WebProcure system. The Shared Procurement Portal uses WebProcure software to provide its services. This software offers a complete public sector eProcurement solution, which uses the latest in web-based technologies to support procurement requirements of public sector organizations.
 
National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP) Commodity Codes
The City uses a standardized set of commodity codes called NIGP codes to ease the categorization of its business needs. These same codes are used in the Shared Procurement Portal. An excellent reference for determining an appropriate code for your business is at the State of Wisconsin’s Vendor Net website.
 
Interlocal Purchasing Agreements
The State of Washington often enters into interlocal cooperative purchasing agreements with other governmental agencies and political subdivisions such as counties, cities, and school districts. These interlocal agreements (made possible through RCW 39.34) allow agencies such as the City of Redmond to "piggyback" on selected state contracts, other city's contracts, and various public purchasing consortiums, which satisfy the City of Redmond's internal requirement for securing competitive pricing on selected purchases of material, equipment, supplies, and services. To view a copy of these existing agreements please select this link: Interlocal Cooperative Purchasing Agreements.

While the City of Redmond participates in these agreements for some items, most of the day-to-day purchases of the City are not covered by such interlocal agreements. To obtain information about contracting with the state, please contact the State of Washington.