City Purchasing and Contracting Services
What is the Consultant Roster?
The City of Seattle Consultant Roster Program is an internet-based program that features numerous categories of consultant services routinely utilized by City departments. Consultants who wish to do business with the City may apply to one or more of these categories by completing and submitting an application online. Applicants who adequately demonstrate experience and capability in a category will be added to the Consultant Roster. City departments may use any approved consultant in the Consultant Roster Program for projects totaling $280,000 or less. Departments will select consultants based on their expertise and abilities outlined in their applications. While all departments make an effort to rotate through the consultants approved for a particular category, there is no guarantee of work for approved consultants.
How do I apply to be on the Consultant Roster?
- You will be asked to complete numerous application pages, in which you will need specific information about your business, your business history, your work history, and your personnel history. Names, addresses, phone numbers, education history and professional license and certification information will be required at certain points throughout this application. You should have this information readily available before you start the application.
- If you must exit the application before completing it, you may hit the "SAVE CHANGES AND EXIT" button on the bottom of any application page at any time. Once you hit this button, you will be directed to a screen with details on how to return and edit your application at a later time (Do not leave the application in the middle of filling out a form. If you do, the information will be lost. If you need to stop working on the application for some reason, you must complete the page you are in before exiting. If you are prompted to enter information that you do not have, before exiting, you may enter UNKNOWN in the field before proceeding and return to edit it later).
- If you cannot complete a page within 20 minutes, you should click on the "SAVE PAGE AND CONTINUE" or the "SAVE CHANGES AND EXIT" buttons at the bottom of the application page. Otherwise, the database will "time out" and you will lose the information you have entered.
- DO NOT USE YOUR YOUR BROWSER'S "BACK" OR "FORWARD button." Doing so may produce database errors that will require deletion of your application. There are numerous points in the application process to REVIEW, EDIT or UPDATE information you have already entered. Before your final submittal, you will be prompted to go back and make any necessary changes to your application. (Do not leave the application in the middle of filling out a form. If you do, the information will be lost. If you need to stop working on the application for some reason, simply complete the area of the form you are working on and hit "SAVE CHANGES AND EXIT." If you are prompted to enter information that you do not have, enter "unknown" in the field before proceeding and return to edit it later).
I've submitted an application, what's its status?
Just login to your account and look for the grey box on the left, near the top of the screen. The status of your application is in the "Status" column of that grey box. Applications will generally be processed within 3 - 4 weeks. You will be notified via email once your application review is complete. Want to check it's status right now? You can by clicking here!
How does it work?
Interested consultants may apply to the Consultant Roster Program (or apply for additional categories) at any time. The Department of Finance and Administrative Services will evaluate new applications and designate approved consultants, based upon the evaluation outcomes. The City generally evaluates new applications monthly, although the City reserves the right to perform evaluations more or less frequently, as needed. Applicants will be notified of the evaluation outcomes by e-mail.
Which categories can I apply to?
There are currently 79 different categories in the Consultant Roster Program.
List of all the categories
Can I submit my application in person?
Consultants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Hard-copy applications may be granted on a case-by-case basis, and at the discretion of the Consultant Roster Program Coordinator. To request a hard-copy application, click here.
I still have questions, who can I contact?
If you have questions, comments, or concerns relating to the Consultant Roster Program, please contact Steven Larson at