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Vendors

I’d like to know about contracting opportunities with the City

1) Go to the contracts page on the City’s website, in one of two ways:

2) From the contracts home page, you can choose to view:

Competitive, sealed bid opportunities for supplies, equipment, maintenance, repair services, construction, and concessions. For competitively bid opportunities, vendors must also be on the City’s bid list to receive announcements about upcoming bids. Competitively bid contracts are awarded to the lowest responsive bidder that fulfills the contract guidelines.

Non-competitively bid contract opportunities for professional services such as general consulting, engineering, design, public health, and social services. Non-competitively bid contracts are awarded to contractors who offer the best value to the city. Cost is one factor in that consideration.

Additional Requests for Proposals from City-related agencies such as utilities and housing authorities.

City vendors must have a commercial activity license and be current on all applicable taxes and fees. For competitively bid opportunities, vendors must also be on the City’s bid list to receive announcements about upcoming bids.

If you’re interested in competitively bid contracts, check out the Procurement Department’s guide located at http://mbec.phila.gov/procurement/forms/Vendorguide.pdf.  Applications and instructions to be placed on a bid list may be found at http://mbec.phila.gov/procurement/forms/BIDLISTA.PDF.  If you’re interested in non-competitively bid contracts, go to https://ework.phila.gov/econtractphilly/.

To obtain a Philadelphia Tax ID # visit the Obtaining a Business Privilege Account Number section of the Philadelphia Business Services website, or contact the Revenue Department at 215-686-6600 or revenue@phila.gov.

To obtain a commercial activity license visit the Obtaining a commercial activity license section of the Philadelphia Business Services website, or contact the Licenses and Inspection Department at 215-686-8686 or license.issuance@phila.gov.

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IntegrityWorks offers guidance for commonly-occurring situations. These are not the only situations in which ethics rules would apply; they are simply the most common ones. Other guidance may be added to this site as situations warrant.

These are general guidelines. Because each situation presents its own set of facts, this general guidance isn’t advice on which you can legally rely. If you want to be absolutely sure that your conduct complies with applicable ethics laws, you should seek advice before taking action.