About Purchasing & Procurement

The Purchasing Division actively generates competition for City contracts by advertising bids and requests for proposals for larger purchases and soliciting quotes for smaller purchases. Purchasing oversees all procurement activities and related contract preparation. Purchasing monitors compliance with applicable procurement laws, and maintains records of vendor performance.

The Purchasing Department is a centralized agency for all procurement and related contracts in the City. The Purchasing Department sets and implements policies and procedures to facilitate compliance with applicable procurement laws and competitive pricing.

It fulfills a service function and a control function. As a service provider, Purchasing staff work with other City departments to plan and manage the procurement of services, equipment and supplies. The Purchasing Department manages the overall procurement process from advertising a public bid to awarding the contract. Once a contract is awarded, the department that is requesting the services or supplies manages the contract.

In its control function, the Purchasing Department reviews all requisitions and proposed contract amendments to ensure compliance with applicable laws. Purchasing works with the other City departments to ensure that the specifications and contract terms and conditions are written to provide the most effective contract administration.

  • Open Bids

  • Closed Bids

  • Vendor Resources

  • Resources for City Departments

Some bids may require Adobe Acrobat Reader .

It is the contractor's responsibility to make certain they have received any/all addenda relating to their bid prior to the bid opening date.

It is the Contractors' responsibility to make certain they have received any/all addenda relating to their bid prior to the bid opening date. You can find addenda by clicking on the “Addenda” sub-folder in the directory for the project you are bidding. If you have registered with the Purchasing Department for a specific project, you will be notified via e-mail when and if any addenda are available. You are strongly encouraged to check this web-page often for any addenda related to the project(s) for which you have downloaded bid documents, drawings, and specifications.

Bid forms and information concerning bid surety, performance bond, minimum wage rates and bid specifications are available in the Purchasing Department, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143 or by calling 617-625-6600 ext. 3400 or faxing 617-625-1344.

Separate awards will be made for these items and the right is reserved to reject any and all bids, and to make awards as may be determined to be in the best interest of the City as authorized by Mass Law.

To be placed on the City's vendor list, please mail information about your company to the address above or e-mail: purchasing@somervillema.gov.

To see a list of bids that closed before July 24, 2017, view our Archived Bid Postings.