Current Solicitations

Sealed Bids/Proposals will be received by the Howard County Office of Purchasing, Gateway Building, Suite 501, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 until the date and time indicated, when they will be opened and read.

e-Procurement System

Howard County is committed to providing an equal opportunity for all business enterprises to participate in our procurement opportunities. To facilitate this commitment, the County is transitioning to a web-based procurement system during fiscal year 2017 hosted by PlanetBids (PB System), 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.

Click on the link below (PlanetBids Vendor Portal) to access the County’s PB System to register and/or login as a supplier and search for procurement opportunities. Both formal and informal solicitations may be conducted through this system.

All responses are due by the time indicated on each solicitation and late responses will not be accepted. It is the supplier’s responsibility to ensure that the most complete and current version of the solicitation, including addenda, has been obtained.

Please note: Suppliers are responsible for registering and maintaining up to date and accurate business profile information in the PB System. Since this is an automated notification system, if your email address is invalid, or inoperable, you will not receive solicitation notifications. The County strongly suggests that suppliers provide two email contact addresses in the spaces provided when registering their businesses, in order to minimize the chance of missing the automated email notifications. Suppliers may edit their profile information at any time.

During the transition (fiscal year 2017) the County may post solicitations on either the County's web site or PlanetBids. Suppliers must check the County's web site by clicking on Current Solicitations to determine where current solicitations are posted for download.

We have made every effort to make all aspects participating in County procurements as easy, secure, and reliable as possible. However, if you need assistance or have questions concerning the features available in the PB System, please click Help within PB System for online assistance. Suppliers are responsible for contacting PlanetBids directly for all technical assistance.

                                          PlanetBids Vendor Portal     



To view and download any of the current solicitations, please click on the number of the solicitation for the pdf package.

For all Pre-Bid and Pre-Proposal Conferences: Contractor’s attendance is not required but is strongly encouraged. In addition, attendance may facilitate the Contractor’s understanding and ability to meet the County's EBO goals. 

Standard Forms 254 and 255

Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire click on link SF254 Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire for Specific Project click on link SF255.

Solicitations are also posted on eMaryland Marketplace. If you would like to receive email notification, click on the logo below.

Informal Quotations (less than $30,000) may be posted on eMaryland Marketplace, click on Logo below:

eMaryland Marketplace login

IFB-2017-23.1 (Refer to PlanWell)


Pre-Bid Conference: November 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., Engineering Conference Room, Dorsey Building, 9250 Bendix Road, Columbia, MD 21045

Opening Date: December 14, 2016
Opening Time: 2:00 p.m.
Buyer: Robert Bowins, Senior Buyer

IFB-2017-35 (Refer to PlanetBids link above)


Opening Date: December 7, 2016
Opening Time: 11:00 a.m.
Buyer: Jalene Duressa, Buyer

IFB-2017-37-Appendix E


Pre-Bid Conference: December 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., Alpha Ridge Landfill, Training Trailer, 2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Opening Date: January 11, 2017
Opening Time: 2:00 p.m.
Robert Bowins, Senior Buyer