Current Solicitations

Sealed Bids/Proposals will be received by the Howard County Office of Purchasing, Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 226, 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 recently transitioned 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.

 The County may 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.


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 


We have made every effort to make all aspects of participating in County procurements as easy, secure, and reliable as possible. General instructions for entering electronic bids are available at this link:  Vendor Instructions for Entering Electronic Bids. 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 solicitation notifications are also posted on eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA). If you would like to receive eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) notifications, click on the logo below to register.