Local Vendor Preferences

The City of Berkeley extends a 5% preference on bids to local business enterprises for supplies, equipment and nonprofessional services from $100 to $25,000.

Bids received from local vendors will be reduced by the applicable percentage before an evaluation is made to determine the lowest responsible bidder. After this determination is made, an award will be recommended in the amount shown in the vendor’s bid.

For example, a local business bidding $1,000 for a pencil contract to the City would be evaluated as if it had bid $950. If the bid is awarded to the local business, it is paid the bid price of $1,000.

A local business is defined as “a business firm with fixed offices or distribution points located within the City of Berkeley boundaries and listed in the Permits and License Tax paid file, with a Berkeley business street address."

Please become a certified local vendor by completing a Vendor Information Application, including Products & Services List and Taxpayer ID & Certification Form W-9. In addition to submitting these required documents to General Services - Procurement, vendors who subscribe to the Current Bid & Proposal Opportunities page will receive notifications of upcoming bidding opportunities on a regular basis.

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Please contact General Services - Procurement by email Purchasing@ci.berkeley.ca.us, phone (510) 981-7320, or TDD (510) 981-7250 if you are unable to access this information online, have any questions, or need instructions for submitting these forms.