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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 utilizes an internet-posting service provided by the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System to distribute formal procurement solicitation documents.  Complete information on solicitations, including, Invitation for Bids (IFBs), Request for Proposals (RFPs), and Request for Qualifications (RFQs) may be found on their site.  Click on the link below to go to their home page for registration or login.

Registration with RMEPS is required to view the solicitations and to download the solicitation documents and addenda.  There is no charge by RMEPS for this service.  If you have difficulty registering with RMEPS, contact them at 1-800-835-4603.  Companies that do not have download and/or printing capability in-house may contact a commercial reprographics company for assistance with downloading and printing the solicitation documents.

Addenda and Viewing -  Bidders/Proposers are required to acknowledge all addenda with their bid/proposal submittal. Failure to do so may be considered non-responsive.  Addenda may be downloaded at the RMEPS website.  The solicitation documents, including addenda, are also available for viewing at the Contract Administration and Purchasing Office located on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, Colorado

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.

As noted above, Thornton’s Invitations for Bids are posted on the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System (RMEPS) website.  By registering with RMEPS you will be able to download Thornton’s solicitations as well as gain access to many other municipal and county agencies, utility districts, and school districts that also use RMEPS to post their solicitations.  We encourage you to look at the RMEPS website often.  Thornton’s bid postings change as often as weekly.

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.