Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I obtain a copy of the full bid online?
No, if there is a fee then we ask you to either send us a company check to our department or come in personally to pick up a copy of the bid.

Are the bids available electronically?
If there is NOT a fee please e-mail us with your name, company, address, telephone number, and fax number. If it is available electronically we will e-mail it right over, if not we will mail it to the address given.

What bid laws does the City of New Bedford follow?
The City of New Bedford is subject to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30B for the procurement of goods and services, MGL Chapter 30-39M for public works projects, and MGL Chapter 149 for public building projects.

How do I find out about upcoming bids?
The City of New Bedford advertises all sealed bids in the Standard Times. New Bedford also advertises most of its bids in the appropriate Massachusetts publications. The State requires that all building projects estimated to cost in excess of $25,000 be advertised in the Central Register, and all procurements for goods or services exceeding $100,000 be advertised in the Goods and Services Bulletin. In addition, copies of the advertisements are posted on a bulletin board in the Purchasing Department. The Central Register and the Goods and Services Bulletin are available by subscription through the Secretary of State’s Office.

How can I get on a list of bidders?
Send a request by e-mail or on company letterhead to the Purchasing Department with your request.

Can I submit my bid via fax or e-mail?
No, the City of New Bedford does not accept bids via fax or e-mail. All bids must be mailed or delivered to the City of New Bedford for consideration.

Are bid openings public?
Invitations for Bids are open to the public most openings are done in the Purchasing Department located on the second floor of City Hall. Request for Proposals are not available for public viewing until evaluations are complete.

How can I check on the results or a bid opening or results of whom the bid was awarded to?
Bidders can contact Purchasing at 508- 979-1432 to obtain more information.

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