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Welcome to the Purchasing Division

To visitors, especially those new to our website, we extend a warm welcome. This page will acquaint you with our organization, policies, and procedures.  All purchasing transactions over $5,000 must be authorized in writing by the City of Milwaukee's Purchasing Division in order for them to be valid and negotiable.

Mission Statement

The Purchasing Division's mission is to acquire Commodities and Services for City Departments in the most cost effective, efficient, and impartial manner within the appropriate guidelines.

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What's New!

Effective December 12, 2018, the City of Milwaukee adopted (09/25/2018) the Socially-Responsible Contractors Ordinance 310-10 (published: 10/11/2018) that supports a bid scoring system that awards additional points to socially-responsible contractors who make efforts to eliminate, or significantly reduce, barriers to employment. To this end, all contracting agencies shall apply an award standard in all formal competitive bids/RFPS ($50K or more) so that an otherwise responsive and responsible bidder which is an SRC shall be awarded the contract, provided that its bid does not exceed the lowest bid by more than 5% or $25,000. An additional number of points, equal to 5% of the maximum number of points used in the evaluation of Request for Proposals (RFPs), shall be applied to increase the total score attained by a socially-responsible contractor. The purpose of this ordinance is to ensure contributions toward community betterment made by socially-responsible contractors are recognized and rewarded.  Please click here: Socially-Responsible Contractors Program  for additional information.

We have developed a "Buying Plan" which includes a forecast of commodities and services that the City intends to purchase through Quarter 2 of 2023.  We hope that this document will serve as a helpful resource planning tool that will assist local, small, minority and women owned businesses with being more engaged with potential city contracting opportunities!

City of Milwaukee Buying Plan - Please click on the document below to access the plan


Current Bid Opportunities

All of the Purchasing Division's current bid opportunities are posted to our website.  Bid notices for all bids and RFPs are sent out via e-mail using the E-Notify service.  Formal bids and Requests for Proposal are also advertised in The Daily Reporter.


Online Auctions

The City of Milwaukee is currently using the online auction site,, for the sale of its surplus items.  Anyone may register at their website and bid on City items.

Terms: All items being offered for sale are being sold as is, where is, with no warranty or guarantee.

Vehicle Auctions

Vehicles and Equipment are sold periodically at joint live auctions conducted on Milwaukee County grounds at Milwaukee County Fleet Management, 10320 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI.  For more details, please visit the auctioneer's website.

Payments: Cash, cashier's checks, traveler's checks, or personal checks accompanied with a bank letter of credit are acceptable methods of payment.  Payment is required in full on the day of sale.

Terms: All items being offered for sale are being sold as is, where is, with no warranty or guarantee.

Vehicles that are in need of repairs are also periodically sold through the online auction site,


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Contact Us

City Hall
200 E. Wells Street, Room 601
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Fax: 414-286-5976

For non-purchasing questions, please contact 414-286-2489.

Purchasing Director Rhonda Kelsey  

Purchasing Director

Rhonda Kelsey 

Phone: 414-286-3501
Fax: 414 286-5976



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