How to Search for Bids How to Become a Supplier Bid Submission Process
Construction companies, contractors, suppliers and vendors can apply for bidding opportunities for City of Raleigh projects and services.
How to Search for Bids
You can find open bids using the state's Interactive Purchasing System (IPS).
This includes request for proposals (RFPs) requests for qualifications (RFQs) or requests for bids (RFBs) for City of Raleigh's construction projects, equipment needs, vehicles, service contracts, supplies and more.
Steps to Search for Bids
- Visit the state's purchasing site
- Scroll down the page and Select "NON-STATE – City of Raleigh"
- Find and apply for a bid!
IPS is a State of North Carolina free, online bid posting system. Suppliers can view and download solicitations documents directly from the website.
How to Become a Supplier
If you are interested in becoming a City supplier you must first register your company through the Raleigh Supplier connection self-service portal.
Bid Submission Process
When a solicitation is posted to IPS, an e-mail notification is automatically sent to each supplier that is registered in IPS for that category. Please note that Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view bid documents.
Suppliers are responsible for:
- Checking the IPS website to obtain all solicitations documents for goods and services and addenda that may be issued to those solicitations. Only notification summaries for Construction bids are also posted to IPS.
- Contacting the issuing City Department for Construction Bid documents. The City is not responsible for direct distribution of solicitations and addenda posted on the website to all suppliers who wish to submit a proposal. Acknowledgement of addenda will be made in the solicitation process.
- Some bids may require you to attend a pre-bid conference or other qualifying event. Please make sure to attend when required.
Refer to the IPS Supplier Reference Guide for more information.
If you have any questions or issues using the IPS website, contact the City of Raleigh Procurement Division at 919-996-3240.
Prequalification for Construction
In compliance with G.S. 143-135.8, on December 2, 2014, the City Council adopted the City of Raleigh Policy for Prequalification of Bidders for Construction Projects.
All Public notices for Request for Prequalification are posted on IPS.
Pursuant to the General Statutes of the State of North Carolina and City of Raleigh policy, bids and proposals are invited and will be received by the City of Raleigh until the public bid or proposal deadline date and time specified. The posting on IPS serves as a public notice of advertisement for Bids, RFPs, and RFQs. Solicitation documents and specifications can be downloaded directly from IPS or, if for Construction, can be obtained from the bid agent for that listing during regular office hours.
Per North Carolina General Statute 87-15, prospective bidders for construction contracts must be properly licensed.
The City of Raleigh is an equal opportunity agency and invites small and minority contractors to bid. The City Council or its delegate reserves the right to reject any or all bids or proposals.
Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Policy
In accordance with North Carolina law, the City of Raleigh encourages and provides an equal opportunity for Certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) to participate in all aspects of the City’s contracting and procurement programs.
The City has an aspirational goal of 15% of the total contract amount to be performed by MWBE businesses in contracts awarded by the City for: (i) construction and building projects of $300,000 or more; and (ii) construction and building projects of $100,000 or more that have any state funding.
If there are any questions, contact the MWBE Program Manager, at PO Box 590 Raleigh, NC 27602, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 919-996-4330.