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San Luis Obispo County, California

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Doing Business with the County


Thank you for your interest in doing business with the County of San Luis Obispo. The County's purchasing functions are centralized with specific buyers responsible for all managed purchasing decisions. The County Purchasing staff are responsible for issuing County-wide Master Agreements as well as managing over $100 million in annual spend through the various departments of the County as they purchase equipment, goods and services.

Please click here to view the current bidding opportunities.

In order to begin, or continue to, receive bid notifications as a current vendor you must register with our e-Procurement system. This process will only take a few minutes. Please follow the two-step process below to register with San Luis Obispo County.

Step 1

Your first step should be to register as a supplier through Public Purchase. If you are already registered with Public Purchase please skip this step and proceed directly to step two below. Once registered you will receive an activation email from advising that your account is activated (Note: be sure to add this email address to your contacts to avoid bid notifications being sent to your junk folder rather than your inbox). It can take up to 24 hours for your account to become active.

Step 2

Once you have received your activation email from Public Purchase, log into San Luis Obispo County Public Purchase homepage and accept the terms and conditions of use. You will need to register with San Luis Obispo County and select the NIGP Commodity Codes that relate to your business in order to receive email notifications of future bid opportunities.

It is important that you complete step two of the registration process (register with San Luis Obispo County) or you will not receive notifications of upcoming bid opportunities. It is your responsibility to keep your vendor information updated in Public Purchase, particularly your contacts and email addresses.

This website is intended to serve as a general guide to introduce you to the County’s procurement functions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please do not hesitate to call the County Purchasing Department at (805) 781-5200.

Vendor Protest Procedures (PDF) - To ensure a transparent procurement process is in place, the County of San Luis Obispo has an established Protest Process wherein vendor can express their claim or concern with the procurements taking place.

County Standard Terms & Conditions - The standard terms and conditions provided on this website are typically used on every County solicitation. However it is important to note that in most circumstances due to the nature of the goods/services, supplemental terms and conditions of a solicitation will be developed and included as additional terms and conditions to the standard terms and conditions.

Public Records Request (PDF) - To facilitate processing your Public Records Act request, we encourage you to use the electronic form provided by clicking on the link, although the request may also be made orally, in person, by phone, or other written means. A response from Purchasing will be sent to you within ten days of receipt of your request.

Vendor Information Day - To receive an on-site walk-through of how to do business with the County, please come to our Vendor Information Day.