of Long Beach
Department of Financial Management
Thank you very much for your interest in doing business with the City of Long
Beach. We are committed to providing bid opportunities to all business
The City utilizes an online registration and bidding system to
notify businesses of various bid opportunities, news, and updates. The
electronic bidding system provides an easy and accessible way to bid documents.
Registered companies will receive customized emails notifying them of specific
bids, the ability to search for bids, and download documents.
- Register with Planet Bids
utilizes a customized list of commodity codes to register and notify potential
bidders for opportunities. Review
the list of commodity codes. Review
bid opportunities, and/or register with us.
Please visit the Small
Business Enterprise section to learn more about this program.
made every effort to make all aspects of the contracting process as easy,
secure, and reliable as possible. However, if you need help or have technical
questions concerning the features available to our bidders on this section, or
receive an error, please call (818) 992-1771.
If you require additional information regarding a specific bid, please call the
Purchasing Division at (562) 570-6200.
Once registered, all
contractors/vendors are solely responsible for maintaining up to date and
accurate information. Vendors may edit their profile at any time.
In order to access the BidsOnline system, you must download and install Adobe Flash Player
10.1 or higher.
10% Local Preference
Adopted by City Council, a bid from a
Long Beach vendor for furnishing materials, equipment, supplies and
non-professional services shall be reduced by 10%. In no case shall the maximum
preference under this section exceed $10,000 for any bid. View
Business Enterprise Program
Section 3 Program
Small Business Insurance
The City of Long Beach is pleased to announce an
agreement with Driver Alliant Insurance Service to provide a low-cost insurance
alternative aimed at assisting small business enterprises in meeting the City's
insurance requirements for bidding on small, low risk projects for the City and
Port of Long Beach.
Coverage is bound for City and Port projects only
(not all work performed by the vendor/contractor). This program has low
premiums, low deductibles and many pre-approved classes, which expedites
contract issuance. If you are interested in participating in this program you
must contact Driver Alliant directly. Link
Small Business Bonding Assistance
Small Business Administration (SBA) can guarantee bonds for contracts up to $2
million, covering bid, performance and payment bonds for small and emerging
contractors who cannot obtain surety bonds through regular commercial channels.
to SBA Surety Bond Guarantee website.
See what the City's
insurance requirements are and view the Risk Management Bureau.
The Long Beach Public Library has many programs and services to help
businesses through the BizConnect Service. Many resources are available at the
Main Library and online through the Virtual Library.
Purchase Order General Conditions
These are the general conditions attached
to every purchase order issued by the City.
All vendors that have received a purchase order from the City of Long Beach are now required to have a W-9 form on file with the Dept of Financial Management. Link to our instructions and to the IRS website for the
Accounts Payable Section
Accounts Payable Section of the Accounting Bureau.
Vendors with questions about non-payment of invoices older than 30 days should contact the ordering department (contact information is indicated on Purchase Order).
The acceptance of gifts by City employees is prohibited by the
Ethics Handbook guidelines. Suppliers are requested to cooperate in this regard
by not making such offers to City employees.
Standards of Purchasing
- To regard public service as a sacred trust, giving primary
consideration to the interests of the public agency that employs us.
purchase without prejudice, seeking to obtain the maximum value for each dollar
- To avoid unfair practices, giving all qualified vendors equal
- To honor our obligations and require that obligations to
our public agency be honored.
- To accord vendor representatives
courteous treatment, remembering that these representatives are important
sources of information and assistance in solving our purchasing needs.
- To refuse to accept any form of commercial bribery, and prevent any
appearance of so doing.
- To be receptive to counsel from our colleagues,
and to cooperate with them to promote a spirit of teamwork and unity.
- To conduct ourselves with fairness and dignity, and to demand honesty and
truth in the purchasing process.
- To strive for greater knowledge of
purchasing methods and of the materials we purchase.
- To cooperate with
all organizations and individuals involved in activities designed to enhance the
development of the purchasing profession, remembering that our actions reflect
on the entire purchasing profession
We subscribe to these
Our Mission: To provide City departments with
quality and cost-effective
products and services at a fair, competitive
price in a timely manner.