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The Purchasing Section procures equipment, material, supplies, contractual services and equipment maintenance in a timely, efficient, and effective manner, and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and City policies.  Purchasing staff works with both internal and external customers to provide the following services: acquires goods and services needed by all other City staff to provide services to the community through the preparation and evaluation of competitive bids and the issuance of purchase orders at the most competitive price, coordinates cooperative bidding procedures with other governments, encourages and monitors the use of recycled products, and administers local business preference and human rights purchasing policies.


How to Bid on City Purchases

If you are interested in being placed on the City's Vendor List for goods and services, please click on the link below and complete the online vendor registration.  Registered vendors will receive e-mail notifications of bid/contract opportunities based on the product/service categories they selected.


Living Wage

The City of Santa Monica Municipal Code Chapter 4.65, Living Wage Ordinance establishes a minimum wage for certain employees of contractors providing services to the City in excess of $54,200.



Oaks Initiative

Vendors are required to complete and submit the Oaks Initiative Disclosure Form if the total amount of the purchase exceeds $25,000, regardless whether it is product or service.


City Policy on Doing Business with Arizona Firms 






City of Santa Monica Resolution No. 10479 (CCS) on May 25, 2010, which requires a review of all current and likely future agreements and contracts with Arizona-based businesses to examine the feasibility of acquiring such products and services elsewhere while the Arizona law remains in effect.  Vendors are required to complete and submit the City of Santa Monica State of Arizona Disclosure form with all bid responses, regardless of whether products or services are offered.

NOTE: Headquarter location or residency may not be considered as a factor if prohibited by applicable law.


For additional information, contact:

City of Santa Monica Purchasing Section
1717 4th Street, Suite 250
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8241
Fax (310) 393-6142

email:  Purchasing@smgov.net

If you have a question regarding public works/engineering projects, you should contact the City Engineering Division directly:

City of Santa Monica Civil Engineering Division
1437 4th Street, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8721
Fax (310) 393-4425


Contribution to a Sustainable City

The City of Santa Monica has adopted a Sustainable City program which is a comprehensive long-term environmental protection strategy for the community. Informal/formal bids detail the product and performance specifications for paper products, cleaning supplies, etc. to ensure that they are consistent with the Sustainable City Program's goals and objectives. For example, paper products criteria include analysis of recyclability, percentage of post-consumer recycled content, manufacturing impacts, local economic benefits and cost effectiveness. Cleaning product manufacturers are required to provide chemical analysis, identify impacts on human health and potential impacts on the environment and to demonstrate compliance with existing State and Federal regulations.

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