Diversity, equity, and inclusion in contracting
Local Business Entities (LBEs)
Local businesses can get a bid preference on certain City contracts.
Minority, woman, and disabled-owned businesses (M/W/DBSEs)
Each year, the City aims to fulfill 35% of all contracts through minority, woman, or disabled-owned enterprises.
The City also encourages applications from other diverse and emerging businesses.
Finding contract opportunities
Contracts Hub searches multiple websites to find opportunities for your business.
PHLContracts includes opportunities for three types of contracts:
- Services, Supplies, and Equipment (SS&E)
- Public Works
You can learn more about these categories on our types of contracts page.
eContract Philly includes non-bid contract opportunities. These are usually professional services contracts.
Contract opportunities with special application processes
Select requests for proposals (RFPs) and requests for information (RFIs) have separate application processes. These are usually opportunities related to housing, social services, or quasi-governmental agencies.
The City's debarment listing
Vendors on the debarment list are prohibited from bidding on future City contracts.
Request for proposal (RFP) resources
If your business is awarded a City contract, you have certain responsibilities.
Licenses and taxes
To do business with the City, you need a Philadelphia Tax Identification Number (PHTIN). Your City of Philadelphia tax account must remain in good standing. You’ll also need a Commercial Activity License.
You must complete required disclosures for your contract.
These documents describe the masking and vaccine requirements for contract employees.
Complying with the City Code
Contractors must comply with the City’s ordinances. This list includes the sections of the Philadelphia Code that directly apply to vendors.
- Chapter 17–1300. Philadelphia 21st Century Minimum Wage Standard
- Section 17-1305. Compensation Required to be Paid to Employees
- Chapter 17–1400. Non-Competitively Bid Contracts; Financial Assistance
- Section 17-1404. Eligibility for Non-Competitively Bid Contracts and Financial Assistance
- Section 17-1405. Attribution Rules
- Chapter 17–1900. Equal Benefits
- Section 20-1302. Penalties for Other Violations; Mitigating and Aggravating Factors