The Purchasing Office is responsible for managing the procurement of goods and services for all City of Austin operations. The Office is a division under the City’s Financial Services Department.
To become a vendor for the City, go to Austin Finance Online and register. Registering requires providing information such as Legal Name and Tax ID.
Vendor Connection provides a public clearinghouse of detailed information about current business opportunities with the City of Austin.
On Austin Finance Online:
Firms can become a certified Minority-owned or Women-owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE), contact the City’s Small and Minority Business Resources Department for assistance.
Learn more about all the services provided by SMBR or contact the office at 512-974-7600.
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:
Purchases made based on a single quote and may be authorized and/or paid using a purchasing order or purchasing card.
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
Purchases made based on a formal solicitation and may require approval by the City Council
The City’s Anti-Lobbying Ordinance restricts vendor communication solely to the Purchasing Office’s authorized contact. Questions about the ordinance should be directed to the Purchasing Office.
City of Austin employees are not allowed to accept gifts from vendors. This includes paying for meals. If you customarily send a token of appreciation to your customers, the City asks that you not send any item to City employees or offices.
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