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Purchasing Information & Bids

The City of Santa Barbara (“City”) is a charter city and has elected to comply the State of California’s prevailing wage requirements.  The City also has a local minimum wage requirement, referred to as a Living Wage, that applies to most service contracts.  Information on prevailing wage and Living Wage requirements can be found below.


***New Public Works Contractor Registration Law (SB 854)***

Beginning April 1, 2015, the City of Santa Barbara may only award public works projects to contractors and subcontractors that comply with the new Public Works Contractor Registration Law (SB 854). More information is available at the following links:
State of California Department of Industrial Relations - Law SB 854 Page 
Law SB 854 Fact Sheet

Prior to bidding on public works projects as a prime or subcontractor, Contractors must be registered with the DIR, and have a valid contractors license in most cases. Contractors can register using the online application. The application also provides agencies that administer public works programs with a searchable database of qualified contractors.

The City will notify the DIR of awarded projects. Projects are subject to monitoring & enforcement by the DIR. Contractors & subcontractors are required to submit certified payroll records directly to the DIR per Labor Code Section 1771.4.


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The City of Santa Barbara purchases goods and services from suppliers throughout the state and nationwide. We also enter into contracts with a wide variety of businesses and individuals for a broad spectrum of products and services. These purchase orders and agreements are governed by the agency's commitment to quality, cost effectiveness, efficiency and fairness in a competitive arena as well as adherence to applicable statutes, rules and regulations. The integrity of our procurement process is of utmost importance. Construction bids are handled by the Public Works department.

Bid Announcement Instructions

To begin, click on the Current Bid Announcements link below to view current invitations to bid offered by the City of Santa Barbara. Scroll down the list of invitations and Request for Proposals (RFPs). If you are interested in responding to the notice or invitation, please contact the Purchasing Office to receive the Bid or RFP packet.

Effective May 1, 2012, the City of Santa Barbara is advertising bid opportunities in the Montecito Journal. The Montecito Journal is a weekly publication, published every Wednesday, circulated to over 350 locations from Carpinteria to Goleta. For additional information, email or call (805) 565-1860. The Montecito Journal is also available online at

Notice to All Bidders

Please check with the Purchasing Office prior to submitting your bid to obtain and incorporate any addenda that may have been issued. All bids must be submitted in sealed envelopes, identifying the bid number and project title, to the Purchasing Office before the deadline shown in the bid documents. Formal bids cannot be received by fax or email.

Disclaimer: Purchasing Notices are available electronically on the website. Bid documents shall be obtained by calling the Purchasing Office at (805) 564-5349, or receiving in person at 310 East Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The City of Santa Barbara is not responsible for any damages or losses related to any system errors or interruptions affecting this site. The City is not responsible for technical or mechanical problems of others.

More Information

For more information, view our General Services pages.

Location & Mailing Address

City of Santa Barbara
Purchasing Office
PO Box 1990
Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990

Purchasing Office
310 East Ortega Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 564-5349
(805) 897-1977 Fax

Quick Links

Prevailing Wage Information

The contractor is responsible for determining the appropriate Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) classification for the various employees and subcontractors used for a particular project or service. The rates for each classification are posted on the DIR website at

Federally Funded CDBG Projects

 To register as a vendor with the City of Santa Barbara, please view the links below. We do not register Public Works (construction) contractors.

Last Updated: May 17, 2016