The function of the Purchasing Office

The Purchasing Office performs a service function for all City departments and acts as a liaison between suppliers and the city. While we are the sole purchasing office for the city, we often work closely with various City departments in composing specifications and analyzing responses to solicitations.


If you happen to have questions during the procurement process, please don't hesitate to contact the Purchasing Office for clarification or answers.

So, would you like to do Business with the City of Portsmouth?

Please have a look at our website for links to bidding opportunities and useful vendor information.

Where to Register for opportunities:

eVA: Go to https://eva.virginia.gov/ and register as a Supplier.

DemandStar: Go to https://network.demandstar.com/ and register as a business

M/WBE: If you are a minority or woman-owned business or enterprise, we want to do business with you! Get your SwAM certification at www.sbsd.virginia.gov/certification-division/

Other useful links

GovDeals: https://www.govdeals.com/ (for used supplies and equipment)

Commonwealth Vendor Manual https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/GetFile.cfm?File=GuidanceDocs%5C194%5CGDoc_DGS_4358_v2.pdf

SBA HUBZone Program https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/hubzone-program

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