Purchasing & Contracting
The Public Works Contracting Division is part of the Purchasing & Contracting Department. Its mission is to help the City achieve its Strategic Plan goals and objectives by providing superior services and to support City departments in the centralized acquisition of construction and related professional services in furtherance of the of Capital Improvements Program (CIP).
The division is responsible for the City's centralized procurement of CIP construction and associated professional consulting services, as well as contract management functions to ensure that contracts meet the City's CIP needs. To meet these needs, the division conducts the advertisement and award of construction and professional services requirements in conformance with the City's Charter and Municipal Code, including:
The Construction Contract Services manages the advertising and award of construction contracts. Upon execution of City of San Diego construction contracts, a Limited Notice to Proceed (NTP) is issued to the contractor. Once the limited NTP is provided, the Public Works Department, Field Engineering Division begins managing the construction contract. The Construction Management & Field Services Division will then schedule a pre-construction meeting and issues the notice to proceed to the contractor.
For questions and information, contact PWD-PWC-Construction@sandiego.gov.
The City of San Diego provides you with direct access to bidding and contracting opportunities on all its construction projects. Whether your business is contracting, subcontracting or consulting, you have an opportunity to partner with the City.
Visit the City’s designated website PlanetBids(link is external) to view, at no cost, construction and architectural & engineering (A&E) consultant contracts currently open for bid.
To bid on upcoming CIP construction projects or other infrastructure project contracting opportunities, your business should:
The City of San Diego makes use of several types of construction contracts and methods of construction delivery, commonly used in the engineering and construction industry, to execute its Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and other construction projects.
The program ensures compliance with Municipal Code §22.3004(a). The code requires contractors desiring to bid as a prime contractor on City of San Diego public works projects to be qualified based on: financial strength; technical expertise; experience; a satisfactory record of past performance; and compliance with the law.
The City of San Diego works on hundreds of Capital Improvements Program (CIP) projects throughout the year. These projects cover a wide variety of infrastructure needs serving the residents of San Diego. Learn more about the process and how to participate as a contractor.