Contracts & Purchasing

Contract Administration & Purchasing Division

​In the City of Thornton, all procurements exceeding $5,000 are the responsibility of the Contract Administration Division and Purchasing Division.  In these pages there is information about how we do business, and key links to related details.

Thornton Local Preference

Thornton City Council passed a new ordinance on April 27, 2010 to help support Thornton-based businesses by making it easier to win the City’s business.  When evaluating bid prices to determine who wins the award, the bid price from a Thornton-based business will be given consideration by discounting it by the lesser of 5 percent or $10,000.  All other bid evaluation criteria will remain unchanged.  Note that the local business consideration will not apply to procurements that are federally funded, to cooperative procurements conducted jointly with or for the benefit of another governmental agency, to qualifications-based selections, or when prohibited by law.

To qualify as a Thornton-based business the business must:

  • have a current Thornton business license,
  • be current in all obligations to Thornton, and
  • maintain a physical office, manufacturing, training, retail, or repair facility in Thornton.

If you do not have a Thornton business license, or if it is not current, contact the Revenue Division at 303-538-7400 or visit our sales and use tax business license web page.

Contact Us

If you would like to meet, please call first and make an appointment. Product testing and demonstrations must be coordinated through the Divisions' offices. Vendors are encouraged to inform us of any new products or services as they become available.