City Purchasing and Contracting Services
Contracting - Consultant
The City has decentralized consultant contracting. Each City department is responsible for managing their own consultant contracts, however, the City Purchasing and Contracting Services Division provides general consultant contracting policies, processes, and directions. If you have questions, please contact Steven Larson at 206-684-4529. Back-up contacts are Pam Tokunaga at 206-233-7114 or Director Nancy Locke at 206-684-8903.
Current Consultant Contracting Announcements
Current Consultant Contracting Bids & Proposals
Vendor Registration & Consultant Roster Registration: If you are interested in doing business with the City of Seattle, Vendor Registration is your first step. Registration provides City departments with basic information about your firm. City departments may use the directory to locate companies for upcoming bid opportunities.
Are you a Consultant? Apply to the Consultant Roster. Applicants that meet the requirements of a roster category may be approved to the Consultant Roster. City departments may use this roster for contracts that are estimated to cost $277,000 or less.
Informal selection for projects under $47,000: Departments may use an informal selection process for consultant contracts valued at or less than $47,000. Departments do not advertise these projects, but are encouraged to seek interest from at least three to five companies including one woman and/or minority owned company.
Consultant Roster Program for Projects $277,000 or less: City departments can also select qualified, approved consultants through the City's Consultant Roster if a project is estimated to cost $277,000 or less. These opportunities are not advertised. However, departments are encouraged to solicit to three to five companies, including at least one woman or minority owned firm. The Roster features numerous, frequently-used service categories that you may apply to. You may apply to the Consultant Roster at any time at: www.seattle.gov/contracting/consultantroster.htm
Public advertisements: The City may also advertise certain projects above $47,000 instead of selecting firms from the City Roster. The ads will be published for at least two days in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) and on the City website. For these solicitations, the City will require a formal statement of qualifications or a proposal, depending on the nature of the work.
Consultant Performance Evaluation: Departments evaluate consultants on their performance.
Woman and Minority Owned Business (WMBE): The City is committed to providing maximum opportunity to WMBE firms on City projects. If you self-identify as at least 51% woman or minority owned, please specify that when you register. City policies and procedures seek and expect WMBE participation as principals or as subcontractors. For more information, contact Forrest Gillette, Senior Strategic Advisor, at 206-684-3081.
Who to Contact: The City has numerous departments and offices with each one having the independent authority to contract out for consultant services. You may also contact the City's Consultant Contracting Program Administrator who understands the policy rules of consultant work for the City. For more information, contact Steven Larson at 206-684-4529.