Frequently Asked Questions
Goods & Services
Visit Bids & Contracts to register as a potential vendor. Registered vendors will be contacted for bidding opportunities.
Visit Bids & Contracts to view a listing of bid opportunities and download bids for goods, services, consultants (architectural and engineering and all other types of consulting services), and construction contracts.
No, you have to be registered through the City's online vendor registration system by visiting Bids & Contracts.
The pre-bid meeting is used to discuss specifications for a specific bid/proposal, and it allows for vendors to ask questions in order to seek clarification. Not all bids have a pre-bid meeting and attendance is not mandatory unless specified.
Purchase orders will be awarded to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder who meets all requirements and specifications of the bid. See the Bidding Guidelines for more information about awards and obtaining bid results.
The City offers vendors the option of receiving payments electronically rather than by check. This allows for a more timely receipt of payments and provides the vendor with the ability to better manage their accounts receivables. You may obtain information and enrollment forms by contacting the department being provided goods or services.
For goods and services (non-Public Works), the City primarily uses SAP Ariba to issue its purchase orders. Some purchase orders are issued using the SAP Materials Management module, but these are exceptions and not the rule.
A consultant is defined as any professional or technical expert contracting with the City for the purpose of giving opinions, preparing reports, conducting studies, and making recommendations or providing special services in the fields of finance, planning, personnel, public relations, engineering, and architecture.
City of San Diego departments are responsible for advertising the Request for Proposal (RFP) and recommending award in accordance with Administrative Regulation 25.70 - Selection of Consultants other than Architects and Engineers, or Administrative Regulation 25.60 - Selection of Consultants for Work Requiring Licensed Architect and Engineering Skills.
Visit Bids & Contracts and register under all NIGP codes that relate to your services.