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Purchasing Information & Bids

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Beginning June 15, 2021, the public counter in the Purchasing Office (310 E. Ortega Street) will be open to the public Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and by appointment (please call 805-564-5349 or email to arrange a time).

The City of Santa Barbara (“City”) is a charter city and has elected to comply the State of California’s prevailing wage requirements.  See below to learn more about the prevailing wage requirements, which apply to maintenance activities as well as new construction and improvements. 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.


Register to Receive City Bids

The City of Santa Barbara (“City”) is now conducting all of its bid and proposal solicitations online through PlanetBids™.  Businesses should register now for the commodities they are interested in bidding on or selling, or as an emergency vendor.  The City is only accepting electronic bids.  The initial bidders’ list will be developed from registered vendors.

The public can access and view active bids by clicking “Bid Opportunities” using the link above or below. In order to view the bidding documents, you must be registered with PlanetBids. Once a bid is closed, all bidding documents are locked and are not viewable via PlanetBids.

1.    Click here       

2.    Click on “Vendor Registration”

3.    Complete the form by navigating through the different tabs and submit.

Once registered, you are able to begin utilizing the full benefits of the system and maintain your profile at any time by revisiting the same site above.   If you have any technical issues registering, contact 818-992-1771.  For general questions on the new eBidding system, contact the Purchasing Department at 805-564-5349.


Public Works Contractor Registration Law (SB 854)

Contractors must be properly licensed and registered with the DIR prior to commencing any work. 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.

Public Works Contractor Responsibilities

Public Works Contractors: Renew DIR Registration Starting May 1

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) is informing public works contractors that registrations can be renewed starting on May 1. Public works contractor registrations expire each year on June 30. Contractors now have the option to renew current registrations for one, two or three fiscal years. Read more here.

Enforcement of the Requirement to Submit Certified Payroll Records Online Resumes August 1, 2016

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reminds Public Works contractors and subcontractors to submit certified payroll records (CPRs) using DIR’s online system. The Labor Commissioner resumed enforcement of this requirement, August 1, 2016. Read more here.


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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 Advertising

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 through PlanetBids. 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

Vendor Information

To be considered for bid and proposal solicitations for the City of Santa Barbara, please register through PlanetBidsTM. We do not register Public Works (construction) contractors. See more information about PlanetBidsTM, at the top of this page.

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2021
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