The City generally must procure goods and services through a competitive procurement, or solicitation.
Competitive solicitations can take a variety of forms. The three most common are:
- Low Bid
- Request for Proposal (RFP)
- Request for Qualification (RFQ)
Interested businesses should respond to the document by following the solicitation's instructions.
Although the City's needs vary, contracts with the City and County of San Francisco fall into 1 of 5 general categories:
- General Services
- Professional Services
One-Time Purchase Orders
One-time purchase orders are for purchases of a set amount of goods or general services. City departments may issue purchase orders directly for up to $10,000 (including tax and shipping).
Citywide Term Contracts
We use citywide term contracts issued by the Office of Contract Administration (OCA) when one or more departments need to buy a large volume of products or services. Term Contracts can last anywhere from three to seven years. Examples include: fuel, office supplies, and janitorial services.
A departmental contract is generally issued by a department for services that are considered professional in nature. Examples include: software solutions, engineering services, and medical services.