Doing Business with the City

Shaking Hands

Doing Business with the City

The City of Columbia purchases a variety of goods and services. The requirement related a particular purchase depends upon the amount of the total purchase.

Purchasing thresholds with accompanying purchasing procedure is presented below. Splitting purchases in order to stay under a particular purchasing threshold is prohibited.

Purchasing Threshold  Payment Method  Requirements  
 Less than $4000.00 Procurement Card Preferred  PO Not Required , Quotes Encouraged  
 $4000 - $25000.00  Invoice or Procurement Card  Three written quotes and PO Required  
 Greater than $25000  Invoice or Procurement Care Formal Bid Process, Council Approval & PO Required  

Purchases less than $25,000 are normally handled directly by the user department. If required, the user department must secure a purchase order issued by the Purchasing Agent before an order can be placed.

Formal sealed bids, request for proposals or request for qualifications are handled through the Purchasing Agent.