Purchasing - Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing
Frequently Asked Questions
General Procurement

What does the Purchasing Division purchase?
The Purchasing Division procures goods and services for agencies of the City and County of Denver. The Purchasing Division does NOT procure construction or professional design/construction services. The Purchasing Division does NOT procure -- as a general rule -- "professional" or "personal" services required by agencies of the City and County of Denver.

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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.

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Are Buyers assigned to the procurement of specific commodities?
Yes, Buyers are assigned procurements within certain commodity groups. If you navigate to our Purchasing Homepage and click on "Contact Us" you can view the commodity groups the Buyers are assigned to.

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Can agencies of the City buy goods or services on their own, without going through the Purchasing Division?
Yes, 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.

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Do all agencies of the City go through the Purchasing Division to buy goods and services?
Most agencies of the City are required by law to go through the Purchasing Division for the procurement of goods and services. Some agencies are not required by law to do this: Notably, the City Council, the Auditor's Office, the Denver Public Library, the Elections Division, the Civil Service Commission and several other agencies of the City.

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