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Purchasing & Contracting

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.