About Us

Thank you for your interest in the Howard County Office of Purchasing. The Office of Purchasing operates within the Department of County Administration and in accordance with Article VIII of the Howard County Charter and Title 4, Subtitle 1 of the Howard County Code. The office is responsible for procuring all equipment, supplies and services necessary to sustain the County’s operations; capital construction; procurement card program; fixed assets and surplus property; wage requirements, the purchase of recycled and environmentally preferable products and equipment, the Equal Business Opportunity, Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise, and Local Business Initiative Programs.

The Office of Purchasing maintains approximately 660 annual contracts for the goods and services that allow departments to serve the residents of Howard County. The professional staff provides procurement advice and counsel to the departments of Howard County regarding methods for legally, effectively, efficiently and strategically procuring the highest quality of goods and services.

BID OPPORTUNITIES! Check for bid opportunities by clicking on Current Solicitations. Information is posted on this site as quickly as it becomes available, so check often! The County is utilizing PlanetBidsan electronic bidding system, for some of our procurements. PlanetBids  (PB System) is provided at no cost to all interested businesses. The PB System allows suppliers to self-register online and to receive automated email notifications of solicitations for goods and services pertinent to their business. The PB system allows registered suppliers to download bid documents, receive addenda, submit electronic bids, and view bid results. You will find more information on the PB System by clicking on Current Solicitations. The County will post solicitations on the County's website, PlanetBids, or both. Suppliers are encouraged to check the County's Current Solicitations regularly and to register on PlanetBids

Vendor Portal (ADA) - Selecting the accessibility mode will ensure that users of assistive technologies have full and equal access to all aspects of the website.

If you have any difficulty registering online or require reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Technical Support personnel by clicking the Help link or by contacting PlanetBids at support@planetbids.com.   

CURRENT CONTRACTS! Check the listing of current contracts by clicking on Current Contracts. CALL US for more information on an existing contract.

COME ON IN! Learn more! Take advantage of our “open door policy” and STOP BY to talk to a Buyer. For a directory of our staff click on the link to Contact Us.

KEEP IN TOUCH!!! As your business grows, UPDATE US with new contact information, as well as services your company provides! Email us at purchasing@howardcountymd.gov.  



The office of Purchasing provides educational resources to advise and guide Local Howard County based businesses and EBO (Minority, Women-owned and Disabled-owned Business Enterprises) through the procurement process, vendor registration and how to get certified in the Howard County Local Business Initiative and Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Programs.


Topic:  Vendor Registration in PlanetBids (PB System) and How to do Business with the County 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 

10:00 am – 11:00 am 

Join through WebEx Link and password provided below. No RSVP is required for this class. 

Meeting number (access code): 160 684 9027

Meeting password: 32zyJiZkQs5