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Purchasing Division

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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. Purchasing maintains the highest commitment to racial equity, transparency, and innovation while supporting programs and initiatives that empower city residents to become involved in contracting opportunities available at the City.

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What's New

City of Milwaukee Buying Plan

Please see the sixth version of the City of Milwaukee's Buying Plan, which includes a five (5) year forecast of potential contracting opportunities from Q1 2024 through Q4 of 2028.

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City of Milwaukee Terms & Conditions

Effective October 24 2022, the City's Terms and Conditions dated October 24, 2022 will apply to all new contracts and purchase orders executed by the City of Milwaukee Department of Administration - Purchasing Division.

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City of Milwaukee Contract Template & Terms & Conditions

Effective October 24, 2022, all City of Milwaukee contracts will be combined with the updated Terms & Conditions in a new format.

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RFP Standard Instructions

Effective October 24, 2022, the City's Standard Terms & Conditions for Request for Proposals (RFPs) has been updated.

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Featured Items

Download Our New Buying Plan

Socially-Responsible Contractors (SRC) Program

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. The purpose of this ordinance is to ensure contributions toward community betterment made by socially-responsible contractors are recognized and rewarded.

Current Bid Opportunities

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 and Milwaukee Business Journal.
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Online Auctions

The City of Milwaukee is currently using the online auction site, wisconsinsurplus.com, 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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 About Purchasing

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



 [email protected]

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

Purchasing Director Rhonda Kelsey

Rhonda Kelsey, Purchasing Director



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