Purchasing policy

Formal Public Tendering

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Apart from the overall authority granted to the City Manager, only the Purchasing Branch is authorized to initiate formal public invitations to bid (formal Public Tendering):

  1. The Purchasing Branch may make formal public invitations to bid for the purchase of construction, consulting services, equipment, material, supplies and services for use in City operations;
  2. The Manager of Purchasing, from time to time, may delegate others such as The Divisional Director Infrastructure to make invitations to bid for City engineering works and services;
  3. The Real Estate Services Manager may purchase land.

Formal Public Tendering Thresholds

Dollar values establish the methods employed to purchase construction, equipment, material, supplies and services:

  1. Quotations are obtained for most expendatures of $5,000 and above, but less then $75,000, by the Purchasing Branch or designate from suppliers by telephone or in writing, depending on the value and complexity of the purchase. 
  2. Formal Public Tendering, at $75,000 and above, will be advertised by the Purchasing Branch.  This advertising will be on BC Bid (www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca)  and may include some or all of the following; Bonfire (www.kelowna.bonfirehub.ca), local, provincial or national newspapers, the City web page at www.kelowna.ca,  and the CivicInfo webpage (www.civicinfo.bc.ca). 
  3. Items 1 and 2 above also apply to situation where the Purchasing process has been delegated to other City departments such as Infrastructure Delivery.