Purchasing Services

Purchasing Services provides County departments with procurement services. The County Purchasing Agent is responsible for implementing Board of Supervisors policies pertaining to County procurement. Purchasing staff are charged with ensuring that the County's process is fair, competitive, efficient, and conducted under clear ethical guidelines.

The Board of Supervisors delegates the authority to procure all goods and services to the County Purchasing Agent. This authority is then delegated to specific buyers by commodity classification. Purchasing staff ensure that proper safeguards are in place for maintaining a procurement system of quality and integrity by providing procurement support, training, and oversight. As a regional leader in public procurement, Purchasing Services seeks to set the example and build opportunities for cooperative purchasing to ensure public funds are expended in a manner that provides maximum benefit to the taxpayers of San Luis Obispo County.  



Vendor Registration

This service allows you to receive and view bid notifications and submit bid documents. In order to begin to receive bid notifications as a vendor, you must register with our e-Procurement system.

Bid/RFP Opportunities

Purchasing Services partners with Public Purchase, a web based eProcurement service. Public Purchase provides government agencies and their vendors with a comprehensive and easy to use web based eProcurement system. For our vendors, this eProcurement system provides you with automatic notification and transmittal of bid solicitations to vendors.

In addition, Public Purchase gives you access to bid opportunities with other government entities. All of this is provided at no charge. To view or respond to any solicitation, you must be registered with Public Purchase. This two-step registration process will only take a few minutes with instructions available on the Vendor Registration page. Once you are registered, click on the appropriate listing and you will be forwarded to Public Purchase where you can login to view and/or respond to the solicitation.

If there are any questions on Open or Closed Bids please Contact the Purchasing Services by email to [email protected] or by phone at (805) 781-5200.

Surplus Property

Surplus property is tangible property that is no longer of use to any County department because it is obsolete, uneconomical to repair, or valued only for its base contents. Surplus property may include anything from office supplies and furniture to vehicles and heavy equipment.

Before releasing any surplus property, the County of San Luis Obispo makes every attempt to reuse and/or reassign the property to another department within the County. 

General surplus property and vehicles are periodically sold online at Public Surplus.

Unclaimed and stolen items found during criminal investigations by the Sheriff’s Office are auctioned on a website called Property Room. This site specializes in Police and Sheriff Departments unclaimed items.

Master Contracts

This list provides information on all master contracts currently shared among County departments.