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. All bids/proposals in response to solicitations in our e-procurement system shall be submitted electronically through PlanetBids only.


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 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 PlanetBids logo below to access the County’s electronic procurement system, to register and/or login as a supplier and to 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, the County will post solicitations on either the County's website and/or PlanetBids. Suppliers are encouraged to check the County's Current Solicitations and to register on PlanetBids.


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.                                                     

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 Form 330

Architect-Engineer Qualifications form, click on link > SF330

To view any of the current solicitations, please click on the number of the solicitation to download the pdf package or if the solicitation number is preceded by "Refer to Planetbids" click on the PlanetBids logo below.

Formal solicitations are also posted on eMaryland Marketplace. If you would like to receive eMaryland Marketplace notifications, click on the logo below.


              eMaryland Marketplace login                PlanetBids

Addendum No. 1
Addendum No. 2
Addendum No. 3


Pre-Proposal Conference: May 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., Purchasing Conference Room 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 501, Columbia, MD 21046

REVISED Opening Date: June 27, 2018
Opening Time: 11:00 a.m.
Senior Buyer: Robert Bowins

IFB-2018-41 (Refer to PlanetBids)
Addendum No. 1
Addendum No. 2


Pre-Proposal Conference: May 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Engineering Conference Room, 9250 Bendix Road, Columbia, MD 21045

REVISED Opening Date: July 11, 2018
Opening Time: 2:00 p.m.
Senior Buyer: Robert Bowins

IFB-2018-61 (Refer to PlanetBids)


Opening Date: June 27, 2018
Opening Time: 11:00 a.m.
Buyer: Shelley J. Liby, CPPB