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 connected with a public work or improvement project. The Purchasing Division of the Finance Department sets bidding and purchasing policies and procedures for the City of Redmond and facilitates the procurement of goods and services. The Division also provides contracting oversight and supplier maintenance.

Comparative Pricing

Depending on the category of spending, purchases above $10,000 will generally require some type of comparative pricing. When comparative pricing is sought, solicitations may be posted on the City’s website, the City’s online roster program (Public Purchase) and/or via targeted requests to suppliers. 

Suppliers interested in doing business with the City are encouraged to first contact the Purchasing Division before contacting any City Department. Procurement Services can be reached by emailing our Purchasing Department. Vendors may receive automatic, electronic notifications of solicitations by signing up on the City’s website and/or registering through the City’s Shared Procurement Portal (Public Purchase).

Bidding & Contracting Opportunities

The City posts Invitations for Bid (IFB), Requests for Proposals (RFP) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) on its website and/or its Shared Procurement Portal (Public Purchase). Public works projects may also be advertised in the Daily Journal of Commerce or the City’s official newspaper.  

Bidding & Contracting Opportunities

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 Public Purchase, through a joint partnership with participating agencies. The City uses the portal to administer its supplier roster and solicitation management. Businesses can register as a vendor on the portal under the Vendor Registration section.

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 goods and services. These same classification codes are used in the Shared Procurement Portal.  

Interlocal Purchasing Agreements

The State of Washington may enter 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 and local government contracts as well as use various public purchasing consortiums that satisfy the City's internal requirements for securing competitive pricing on selected purchases of material, equipment, supplies, and services. A listing of current agreements can be found here: Interlocal Cooperative Purchasing Agreements