Purchasing

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What bid laws does Haverhill follow?

A:Haverhill is subject to Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 30B for the procurement of Goods and Services, MGL Chapter 30§39M for Public Works, MGL Chapter 149 for Building Construction and MGL Chapter 4 for Designer Selection Process.

Q: How do I find out about upcoming bids?

A: Haverhill posts all Invitation for Bids (IFB), Request for Proposals (RFP), Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Quotes in the following locations:

  • Open IFBs/RFPs.

  • Commbuys is the State of Massachusetts Procurement Access & Solicitation System: You can access bids for Haverhill as well as other municipalities and state agencies at www.commbuys.com

  • The Central Register and the Goods and Services Bulletin are published weekly by the Massachusetts Secretary of State's Office.

    • The Central Register contains information about contracts being put out to bid for the design, construction and reconstruction of public facilities.  Proposals and advertisements for the lease, sale or transfer of real property are also published.

    • The Goods and Services Bulletin:  This document contains solicitations for the procurement of goods, services and the acquisition/disposal of real property.

Q: How can I get on a list of bidders?

A: Due to the diverse nature of the City’s procurements, Purchasing does not maintain any bidder’s list.  Suppliers are encouraged to regularly check the web sites noted above.

Q: How can I buy property decalred surplus by the City of Haverhill?

A: The City utilizes www.govdeals.com  for  auctioning its surplus property.  Some exceptions do apply particulary in dealing with items of high value such as building or large tracts of land.

Q: Does the City utilize any Group Purchasing Options?

A: Yes, the City will utilize, when appropriate, various state contracts through the state's Operational Services Division.  The City is also a member of the US Communities Purchasing Group, the Keystone Purchasing Network, and the National Purchasing Partners Government Division.  The City may purchase from vendors directly associated with these consortiums, without a full solicitation at the City's discretion.

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