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Purchasing and Contracting

This page provides links to all of MRSC's resources related to purchasing, bidding, and contracting for local governments in Washington State.


Your Statutory Requirements


General Information


Services


Purchases


Public Works


Publications

​MRSC has written several detailed and downloadable publications regarding purchasing and contracting.

  • City Bidding Book – Addresses competitive bidding requirements and processes for purchases, services, and public works contracts.
  • County Bidding Book – Addresses competitive bidding requirements and processes for purchases, services, and public works contracts.
  • Contracting for Services – Guidance on selecting architectural and engineering consultants under chapter 39.80 RCW and on contracting for personal and purchased services.
  • Personal Services Contracting Manual for Ports – Addresses personal services contracting requirements for port districts in chapter 53.19 RCW, adopted by the state legislature in 2008.
  • Small Works Roster: A Guide for Local Governments – Comprehensive overview of small works rosters, including maintenance vs. public works, bid limits, shared rosters, sales tax issues, prevailing wages, checklists and quick tips, and much more.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Recent blog posts about purchasing & contracting – Articles written by MRSC staff and contributors about specific aspects of purchasing and contracting, including best practices and new legislation. Articles are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first.

Sample Documents


Training Opportunities

MRSC periodically produces webinars and in-person training workshops on various purchasing and contracting topics. For a list of all our upcoming trainings events, see our Training page.


Last Modified: June 26, 2018