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.

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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.

Bid Numbersort descending Title Bid Notice Release Date Bid Package Instructions Addenda Bid Deposit Optional Pre-bid Site Visit Opening Date
RFQF 18-16 Central Hill Campus Planning Services Bid Notice Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10/12/2017 - 11:00am 10/31/2017 - 11:00am
IFB 18-17 IFB 18-17 2018 Various Trips for Council on Aging Bid Notice Friday, September 22, 2017 PDF icon IFB 18-17 2018 Various Trips for Council on Aging.pdf 10/18/2017 - 11:00am
IFB18-10 IFB18-10 MTU : Meter Transmission Units Bid Notice Wednesday, September 13, 2017 PDF icon IFB 18-10 MTU Meter Transmission Units.pdf 10/02/2017 - 11:00am
RFP 18-05 Rebid RFP 18-05 Rebid Fab Lab Manager Bid Notice Thursday, September 7, 2017 PDF icon RFP 18-05 Rebid Fab Lab Manager Bid Set.pdf PDF icon Addendum 1 to RFP 18-05 Rebid Fab Lab Manager.pdf 09/27/2017 - 11:00am

Bid Numbersort descending Title Bid Notice Release Date Sub Opening Date Bid Package Addenda Awarded To
RFP 18-11 Textile Recycling Services Bid Notice Monday, September 4, 2017 PDF icon RFP 18-11 Textile Recycling Services.pdf
RFP 18-14 Operations & Maintenance of Solar Facilities Bid Notice Tuesday, September 5, 2017 PDF icon RFP 18-14 Operations & Maintenance of Solar Facilities.pdf
RFQ 18-12 On-Call Project, Program & Construction Management Services Bid Notice Thursday, August 24, 2017 PDF icon RFQ 18-12 On-Call Project-Program-CM Svcs.pdf
IFB 18-06 2017 Street Resurfacing Project Bid Notice Wednesday, August 9, 2017 PDF icon IFB 18-06 2017 Street Resurfacing Project.pdf
RFQ 17-74-3 High-Temperature Vehicle Exhaust Removal System Bid Notice Wednesday, August 16, 2017 PDF icon RFQ 17-74-3 - Somerville Vehicle Exhaust System.pdf
RFQ 18-07 Landscape Design Services for Prospect Hill Park Bid Notice Wednesday, August 9, 2017 PDF icon RFQ 18-07 Prospect Hill Park Landscape Design Services.pdf
IFB 18-09 Water Meter Replacement, Repairs, Testing and Maintenance Bid Notice Wednesday, August 16, 2017 PDF icon IFB 18-09 Water Meter Replacement, Repair Testing and Maintenance Contract.pdf
IFB 18-08 Residential Property Rodent Control Assistance Program Bid Notice Wednesday, August 9, 2017 PDF icon IFB 18-08 Residential Property Rodent Control Assistance Program.pdf Clancy Brothers Pest Control LLC
RFP 18-05 Fab Lab Manager Services Bid Notice Tuesday, August 1, 2017 PDF icon RFP 18-05 Fab Lab Manager Final.pdf
IFB 18-01 Line Painting and Pavement Markings Bid Notice Wednesday, July 26, 2017 PDF icon IFB 18-01 Bike Line Painting and Pavement Markings.pdf
Office spreadsheet icon Price Sheet - IFB 18-01 Line Painting and Pavement Markings_REVISED.xls

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How do I become a vendor with the City of Somerville?

Please register with us using our general registration form.

If you are interested in a specific project, please sign up here.
 

Who’s my point of contact at the Purchasing Department?

If the bid notice and package on our website don’t answer all your questions regarding a bid, please send an e‐mail to the project manager named in the bid notice document. For general inquiries, please e‐mail us at purchasing@somervillema.gov or refer to this FAQ section.
 

How do I request insight into public records?

Please send us public record requests via e‐mail to purchasing@somervillema.gov, as we need your request in writing. You can also send a request by mail to: Angela Allen, Purchasing Director, City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143. Please line out which information you need and provide as many details as possible on the project you’re inquiring about, such as bid number, contract number, and project name, if available. Once we receive your request, we will acknowledge receipt your request within ten (10) business days. Please be aware that you may be charged for costs associated with your request.
 

I am interested in bidding for a specific project. What are my next steps?

If you are interested in a specific bid, please sign up to be added to our bidders list.

All of our current bids are listed on the Somerville Bids Portal. Any information that is publicly available can be found there. You can find project details in the columns “Bid Notice” and “Download Bid Package.” If either column is empty, please check back later.
 

Where can I get information on a bid?

All our bids are listed on our website, either under the Open Bids or the Closed Bids tab. Any information that is publicly available can be found on our website. You can find project details in the columns “Bid Notice” and “Download Bid Package.” If either column is empty, please check back later.
 

How can I obtain plans and specifications for a project?

If available, you can find free electronic copies of plans and specifications in the “Download Bid Package” on the Somerville Bids Portal. If this column is empty, please check back later. If hard copies are available, this will be noted in the “Bid Title” column.

Hard copies can be picked up at the Purchasing Department or delivered at your cost if you provide a FedEx account number. A deposit fee applies.
 

How can I find out who else is bidding for a project?

If a bidders list is available for an open bid, it will be published under the Open Bids tab of the Somerville Bids Portal. Once the bid has closed, a results document listing all bidders will be uploaded to the Closed Bids tab as soon as it’s available.
 

How can I find out who’s been awarded a contract?

Once a bid has been awarded, a results document will be uploaded onto the Closed Bids tab on our website as soon as it’s available.
 

Where do I send my invoices?

Your invoices are being paid by the department with which you have a contract. In most cases, the Purchasing Division helps assemble a contract but isn’t responsible for payments. Please do not send your invoices to the Purchasing Department unless your contract is with the Purchasing Department.

Angela M. Allen
Purchasing Director

Hours

Monday - Wednesday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Phone

(617) 625-6600  ext 3400
FAX: (617) 625-1344


Email

purchasing@somervillema.gov


Address

City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

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