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Welcome to the Placer County Procurement Services Division. The following information has been prepared to help you become better acquainted with us and our polices and procedures. Purchasing polices are approved by the Board of Supervisors. If you need additional information, or have questions about our policies and procedures, please direct them to the Procurement Services Division staff who are ready to assist you.
To provide centralized, value based, efficient purchasing services to all County departments for the procurement of materials, equipment and services of the best quality and price, from the right source, and at the right time.
To ensure purchasing policies and procedures are followed to maintain consistency in procurement practices and in compliance with Federal, State and Local laws.
To promote a competitive, fair and impartial environment throughout the vendor community
How Does the Placer County Procurement Services Division Buy?
The Procurement Services Division buys almost exclusively through a competitive process. The techniques and procedures vary depending on the nature of the materials or services to be purchased, however all procedures for these purchases are designed to encourage maximum competition. Purchasing records are available for public inspection at our office, upon request.
Where estimated costs are below $25,000, bids may consist of telephone or written quotations. Where estimated costs are $25,000 and over, sealed bids are typically solicited. Specific forms are supplied and must be used and signed. Bids are due at a specified time and place, and the bids are opened publicly. Bid awards or purchases which exceed $50,000 also require the approval of the Board of Supervisors.
How to Get Started
If you wish to do business with Placer County, you are encouraged to request a vendor application form from the Procurement Services Division. Upon completion of the vendor application, you will be added to the County’s Bidders’ List to receive information about solicitations for applicable product(s) and/or service(s). To remain an active bidder there are certain responsibilities you must fulfil. These responsibilities are outlined in the Bidders’ List Policy, which is available for review at the Procurement Services Division.
Local Vendor Preference
A local preference credit of 5% for qualifying Placer County businesses will be permitted when evaluating bids for supplies, equipment, materials and personal services that are not a part of a public project. Interested bidders may contact the Procurement Services Division for details on qualifying criteria and an Affidavit of Eligibility Form, or visit our website: www.placer.ca.gov/admin/procurement/lvp.aspx (please copy and paste this URL into your browser)
Some Things to Know
Make your sales investment wisely. Sometimes a seller will devote considerable time and money to presenting a product to an individual County Department in hopes of making a sale. If you do this, remember that the purchase may eventually be made by competitive bid. All specifications are carefully reviewed by the Procurement Services Division to eliminate undue restrictions or other limitations unnecessarily reducing competition. The purchase will eventually be made from the lowest responsible bidder meeting these objective specifications. Your investment of time or other resources that you provided the County department in developing their purchase request cannot be considered in the award process.
What We Need and Expect From our Suppliers
- Dependable products, service and delivery
- Service work completed on schedule
- Competitive pricing
- Good communication with buyers to keep them informed on new products and changes within the suppliers’ or contractors’ organizations
- Opportunity for buyers to visit suppliers’ facilities to increase their knowledge of products, personnel and operations
- Suggestions for substituting products or material of equal performance to reduce cost
- Settlement of warranty claims on a timely basis
It is the policy of Placer County to promote integrity and guard against even the appearance of impropriety by prescribing the following essential standards of ethical conduct.
County employees shall discharge their duties impartially so as to assure fair competitive access to governmental procurement by responsible vendors, and to foster public confidence in the integrity of the County procurement system.
County employees shall not solicit, demand, accept or agree to accept a gratuity or an offer of employment in connection with any decision, approval, disapproval, recommendation, or preparation of any part of a program requirement, specification standard or contract.
County employees shall not participate directly or indirectly in a procurement where there is an actual or potential conflict of interest.
Insurance and Bonding Requirements
Insurance and bonding requirements vary, depending on the product or service being purchased. While there may be cases when bid bonds, payment bonds or performance bonds are required by statute or by policy, Placer County is committed to the prudent use of bonds. Bonding is sometimes considered an impediment to business, and is not called for on a routine basis. In the event there is such a requirement, it will be stipulated in the Invitation for Bids or Request for Proposals.
What the County Buys
Placer County serves 260,000 residents from its border with Sacramento County to the Nevada state line. Communities within the County include Roseville, Lincoln, Rocklin, Loomis, Auburn, Foresthill, Colfax, Tahoe City, and Kings Beach. The County is responsible for providing services for the unincorporated areas outside of these communities. It is helpful to look at the functions of the County in order to understand what it must purchase to fill its needs. The County is responsible for:
- Maintenance of buildings and facilities which require janitorial supplies and equipment, plumbing and electrical products, lights and controls, HVAC equipment, office machines and supplies, and filing, printing and mailing equipment;
- Offices which require furniture, computers and related equipment, telecommunications equipment, office machines and supplies, and filing, printing and mailing equipment;
- Institutions which require personal and professional services, laboratory and medical supplies and equipment, clothing, bedding, food and food-processing items;
- Parks and grounds which require landscape maintenance equipment, fencing, seed, plantings, and fertilizer;
- Car and truck fleets which require fuel and lubricants, replacement parts, tires, batteries, and body and engine services;
- Roads and highways which require road materials, signs, markers and heavy equipment;
- Law enforcement and public safety operations which require communications equipment, firearms and ammunition, fire apparatus, rescue equipment, forensic investigation supplies, emergency medical and safety supplies, and boat and aircraft parts; and
- Design and construction of buildings, roads, and facilities which require architectural, engineering and environmental services, and construction services.
Fair Contracting Policy
Any actual or prospective bidder or contractor who is aggrieved in connection with the solicitation or award of a contract may appeal to the Director of Administrative Services and the Board of Supervisors as prescribed by the Purchasing Policy.
All bids must be made without any previous understanding, agreement or connection with any person, firm or corporation making a bid for the same project and is in all respects fair, without outside control, collusion, fraud or otherwise illegal action.
The County reserves the right to take any action available if it discovers inappropriate or illegal actions by a vendor, including but not limited to, a determination that the vendor should be declared non-responsible and/or non-responsive, and/or suspension or debarment of the vendor.