Central Procurement

Central Procurement is a line of business within the Financial Services Department.  Central Procurement is responsible for managing the procurement of goods and services for all City operations, and for procuring construction and related professional services for capital projects.  Learn more about the procurement of construction services here.

How the City Buys Goods/Services

The City of Austin makes purchases on the open market, by informal or formal requests, or utilizing cooperative contracts.

The City makes purchases based on dollar ranges:

  • $0 - $3,000

Purchases made based on a single quote and may be authorized and/or paid using a purchasing order or purchasing card.

  • $3,000.01 - $50,000

Purchases made based on an informal request with a minimum of three quotes, with attempts made to obtain at least two quotes from a certified Women or Minority Owned Business

  • $50,000.01 and above

Purchases made based on a formal solicitation and may require approval by the City Council

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