The Informal Bid Process
- If the estimated contract amount is less than the dollar limitation for sealed bids ($100,000)(or $175,000 as of January 1, 2019) established by the Municipal Contracting Law, the buyer may contact several bidders of record informally to obtain price quotes.
- This is done either by phone or by mailing a request for quotation.
- The items needed and quantities are stated, and the date by which you must submit your bid are stated, and bidders are asked to quote a price.
- Occasionally an informal-bid invitation may be accompanied by detailed specifications and the requirement to submit bid responses by a specified time.
- A copy of all current informal bids is available for review in the lobby of our office and vendors are encouraged to use this source weekly.
Submitting Informal Bids
Calculate your direct and indirect costs, compute your price and fill out a bid form.
When the lowest responsible bidder is determined, an award is made.
Bids are available for review – For bid results call (612) 673-2500.
City of Minneapolis implemented a Target Market Program for small businesses. If you are a small business that fits the program criteria listed, please enroll in the program. Opportunities made available (purchases under $100,000) to Target Market Program businesses are not posted here - Those opportunities are directly communicated by Procurement to the program participants.
Last updated Jan 3, 2019