What does the Purchasing Division purchase?
The Purchasing Division procures goods and related services for departments/agencies of the City and County of Denver. The Purchasing Division does NOT procure construction or professional design/construction services; however, we do solicit for limited maintenance and repair services of existing city facilities. The Purchasing Division may solicit on the behalf of city agencies professional or personal services, typically via RFP.
Note: City agencies will often solicit professional or personal services independently without involvement of the General Services Purchasing Division. See Executive Order 8. Also see Related Purchasing Links for our partner agency links.
Does the City and County of Denver have a law or policy that gives local or State of Colorado vendors preference "points" over out-of-state vendors in bid situations?
No. The city has neither a law or policy that provides bid preference points to local or State of Colorado vendors.
The city does have a program for the benefit of certain certified small business firms. More information can be found at the Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO)
Are Procurement Analysts assigned to the procurement of specific commodities?
While all analysts may procure various types of goods and related services, some specialize in certain commodities and/or service specific city departments/agencies. You can view the commodities/ agencies for specific Analysts here: Additional Contact Information.
The Purchasing Division is located at 201 West Colfax Avenue, Dept 304, Denver, CO 80202. Our phone number is 720-913-8100, and our hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, excluding holidays. Appointments are required if you would like to meet with a Procurement Analyst.
*During the COVID-19 pandemic city building access and staffing levels may vary; please contact via email or phone the analyst you wish to meet with for guidance.
Can agencies of the city buy goods or services on their own, without going through the Purchasing Division?
Yes, departments/agencies of the city are authorized to conduct low dollar procurements without going through the Purchasing Division. Generally, these low dollar procurements are restricted to a unit cost of under $2,000 for items which are NOT available on city contracts via procurement card (P-card).
Do all departments/agencies of the city go through the Purchasing Division to buy goods and related services?
Most city departments/agencies are required by law to go through the Purchasing Division for the procurement of goods and related services. Some agencies are not required by law to do this: Notably, Denver City Council and the Denver Public Library.