Procurement Guide

General Information:

1. We request that all vendors first introduce their company to a member of the Purchasing Department staff before contacting other County departments.  This allows us to discuss the County's Purchasing Policies and Procedures and to advise you how to become a registered vendor with Ingham County.

2. It is the responsibility of the vendor to provide current product information and notification of any business or billing address, and any other changes.

3. The County will not pay for any service and/or good exceeding $2,500 unless a Purchase Order has been issued and the appropriate County procedures followed.

4. Product or equipment demonstrations must be arranged through the Purchasing Department.

5. The County reserves the right to request vendor information for qualifying and/or auditing purposes.

6. The County requires that all vendors honor their respective warranties and guarantees, intended or implied.

Bidding Information:

1. Pre-Bid Conferences: The Purchasing Department may schedule mandatory pre-bid conferences, typically for construction projects.  Pre-bid conferences are posted on this website under "Current Bids", in direct notifications emailed to vendors, and may also be advertised in various local newspapers.  Vendors can register to attend by calling the Purchasing Department at (517) 676-7222, no later than two days prior to the time specified.  The Purchasing Department cannot guarantee make-up walkthroughs if a mandatory pre-bid conference is missed.

2. Submission of Bids/Proposals: Bids, quotes, and proposals are assigned a packet number and must be returned to the Purchasing Department prior to the closing date and time specified on the solicitation.  Any response reaching other County offices is considered late unless received in the Purchasing Department prior to the closing date and time.  All sealed bids must be clearly identified with the RFP/ITB number noted on the front of the submission envelope.  All bids are time/date stamped upon receipt and placed in a file, pending the prescribed closing time.  Normally all packets are opened in public at the time specified for closing.  Vendor representation at bid openings is welcome.

3. Advertising of Bids/Proposals: Ingham County advertises its solicitations in the "Bids Wanted" section of local newspapers if the anticipated cost of the project is over $25,000. 

4. Right of Rejection: The County reserves the right to reject any or all bids, quotes, or proposals, to waive any irregularities, and to make awards deemed to be in the best interest of the County.