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How We Award Contracts

Direct call

Purchases of less than $20,500 are usually placed without competition with vendors that we determine can supply goods or services that meet our price, quality and deadline requirements.

Informal bid

For purchases between $20,500 and $82,000, we seek at least three supplier price quotes whenever possible.

Formal bid (proposal)

For purchases of materials or services exceeding $82,000, and for construction contracts more than $8,200, SMUD advertises in local newspapers. Sealed bids are opened and read at a public bid opening. Public openings are not scheduled for proposals.

Contract award protest policy

Click here to view SMUD's protest process for competitively awarded contracts.

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