Doing Business with the City of Spokane

Purchasing

The central goal of the City’s Purchasing Department is to provide quality goods and services needed by City departments in a cost effective and timely manner. We must maintain the highest ethical standards and follow good business practices. We value our partnerships with vendors, contractors, and suppliers and view these relationships as business partnerships where all parties are expected to coordinate in order to produce superior results for the citizens of the City of Spokane.

Practices

The City uses several different methods for procuring goods and services. These methods include obtaining price quotes, using state contracts, obtaining Requests for Qualifications (RFQ), Request for Proposals (RFP), and obtaining informal or formal bids. The purchasing method used is defined by the type and dollar amount of the purchase. All purchasing processes are governed by State Law, the Spokane Municipal Code and City Policies and Procedures.

All formal solicitations are advertised in the City's Official Gazette

Vendor Responsibilities

Vendors, contractors and suppliers wishing to do business with the City of Spokane must obtain a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number as well as a City of Spokane business license. Both may be obtained at the Washington State Department of Revenue http://dor.wa.gov/

Assistance with City of Spokane Business Registration can also be found at the City's Taxes and Licenses page.

Registration with MRSC Rosters is mandatory for some purchase types and encouraged for others. Additional information on MRSC Rosters can be found at https://mrscrosters.org/ or on the City's Vendor Registration Page.