Doing Business with the City of Clearwater
A Guide to the Policies and Procedures the City Follows in Purchasing
Products and Services
Purchasing & Contracts
The City of Clearwater Purchasing Division is responsible for centralized
procurement of goods and services in excess of $2,500 for all City
of Clearwater Departments except specific Engineering construction
contracts. This includes all aspects of the purchase from the receipt
of a department requisition to issuance of purchase order or contract.
The Purchasing Division is located at 100 South Myrtle, Clearwater, Florida
33756-5520. The phone number is (727) 562-4630.
Minority Business Enterprise Program
The City of Clearwater is sensitive to the affirmative action policy
of supporting minority, disadvantaged minority and disadvantaged
Notice of Bids
A list of current Invitations For Bid is available online and in
the Purchasing Division Office, 100 South Myrtle Avenue, Clearwater.
Legal ads appear in several local newspapers or publications of general
circulation for each formal bid item.
How We Buy
The City of Clearwater purchasing is governed by the Code of Ordinances,
City of Clearwater, Section 2. Under the Code, several different
procedures may be used for purchasing. These are:
Purchases of $50,000 or more.
Purchases greater than $2,500 but less than $50,000; these may be written,
phone, or facsimile.
Restricted Purchase Order
The city authorizes its Department Directors to make small purchases (under
$2,500) to support their day-to-day activity. Questions concerning these
purchases should be directed to the issuing office.
Sole source and bona fide emergency procurement may bypass normal purchasing
The Formal Bid Process
Products and services valued at $50,000 or greater are normally
procured through the formal bidding process sealed bids).
Invitation to Bid
When you receive an invitation to bid you may submit a sealed bid to the
Purchasing Division that must be received not later than the scheduled
opening. You may elect not to bid, in which case you should submit a "Statement
of No Bid." Failure to respond to Invitations For Bid may justify
removal of your firm from the Bidder's Mailing List.
Request for Quotation
The same procedure specified above applies.
Bid or Quotation Opening
Bids and written quotations are opened at the exact time specified. Vendors
and the general public are invited to observe bid/quote openings. All quotations
are read aloud. A copy of bid tabulations will be forwarded to requesters
who provide self-addressed stamped envelopes.
The city department that requested procurement of a particular commodity
or service, and the Purchasing Manager will select the recommended vendor.
Purchases of $100,000 or more require City Council approval prior to
contract award. These items may take up to sixty (60) days to complete
the process after opening. Purchases between $50,000 and $100,000 require
City Manager approval. Purchases of less than $50,000 require approval
of the Department Director and Purchasing Manager only. This approval process
may take up to thirty (30) days.
The Engineering Department is responsible for most aspects of construction contracting, including the pre-qualification of contractors. Any vendor requesting consideration for construction contracts should contact the Engineering Department's Construction Management Division at (727) 562-4750, the office located at the Municipal Services Building, 100 S Myrtle Ave., Room #220, Clearwater, FL 33755.
The Engineering Department is also responsible for the selection, administration and management of multi-year Professional Engineer/Architect of Record contracts with architects, engineers, landscape architects, and land surveyors as specified by state law. Any consultant interested in being considered for future contracts should contact the Engineering Department at (727) 562-4750, the office located at the Municipal Services Building, 100 S. Myrtle Ave., Room #220, Clearwater, FL 33756.
Construction contracts for projects that cost less than $100,000.00
may be bid directly by the Purchasing Division. Should your firm
wish to be included in this bidding process, please register with
Purchasing. The Engineering Department is located in the Municipal
Services Building, second floor, 100 South Myrtle Avenue, Clearwater,
Periodically the city will dispose of its surplus property by sale
to the general public. Sales are made through the Pinellas County
Purchasing Cooperative Auctioneer, currently Tampa Machinery Auction,
Inc., Highway 301, Tampa, FL 33687-1069. Sales are held the second
Saturday of each month. Please contact Tampa Machinery Auction, Phone
(813) 986-2485 for details. Sales are advertised on Tampa Bay radio
stations each month.
Need Additional Information?
This Web page was designed to answer general questions concerning
doing business with the City of Clearwater. Procedures described
herein are subject to change without notice. For current or further
information, please contact
the Purchasing Division. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00