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Category Definitions

The City of San Diego is responsible for the operation of municipal services: libraries, parks and recreation centers, public works construction, public safety (fire, lifeguards, paramedics, police), water and sewer service, and for the maintenance of city owned streets and facilities. The City of San Diego does not operate the bus or trolley systems, museums, schools, hospitals, jails or the zoo.


  • Vehicles
    Examples may include: aircraft, automobiles, boats/marine, earthmoving/grading, electric carts, firefighting apparatus, police, refuse packers, light/medium/heavy duty trucks, and street cleaning or repair vehicles.
  • Supplies
    Examples may include building maintenance/repair, computer, electrical, fuel, hardware, hose, irrigation, janitorial, laboratory, library, lighting, medical, office, paper, plumbing, police and safety.
  • Appliances, Furniture, Interior Fixtures
    Examples may include appliances, flooring, library furniture, kitchen equipment, office furniture, outdoor furniture, shelving/storage, wall and window coverings.
  • Machinery / Equipment Items - Components Repair Parts
    Examples may include generators, industrial, laboratory, mowers, playground, pumps, shop machinery and tools, street light fixtures, repair parts for machinery, equipment and vehicles.

Contractual Services:

  • Equipment & Vehicle Maintenance
    Examples may include A/V, communication, elevators, HVAC, helicopters, laboratory, office/photocopier, plant operating equipment and specialized vehicles.
  • Facility & Grounds Maintenance
    Examples may include custodial, guard, landscape maintenance, hazardous waste removal/disposal, pest control and trash removal/disposal.
  • Miscellaneous
    This is a catch all for everything that did not exactly fit in the other service or consultant categories. Examples may include catering, graphics/printing, laundry, interior/exterior signage and portable toilets.

Consultant Services

  • Architectural / Engineering Consultants
    Examples may include design (architectural, interior, landscape, lighting), engineer (civil, electrical, mechanical, structural, traffic), and related specialties (corrosion, environmental, geotechnical, land or urban planning).
  • Computer / Data System Related
    Examples may include computer programming, system analysis, EDP maintenance, wire/cable installation, telecommunications, etc.
  • Consultants Other than Architectural / Engineering
    Examples may include accounting, financial, insurance, legal, management, medical, organizational/training, psychological, public art, real estate, veterinarian, etc.

Public Works Construction

  • California Classification A General Engineer Contractor License
  • California Classification B General Building Contractor License
  • California Specialty Contractor License

Real Estate

  • Concession or Operator
    Examples may include opportunities to operate a for-profit business on City-owned property and leasing of City-owned premises to provide specific services which must be offered to the public according to the terms of the lease agreement.
  • Leases
    Examples may include short-or long-term leases of grounds or facilities that do not include any operating agreements.
  • Sales
    Examples may include unimproved land or land with improvements (buildings) owned by the City that are available to the public for purchase.