Procurement Practices and Procedures

  • The County is not bound by any commitment to a vendor by a department.
  • A purchase order is required for all purchases valued at $1,000 and above for all County departments.
  • Purchases of equipment, supplies, or materials valued at $90,000 and above are processed by the Purchasing Agent through a formal bid process.
  • Formal bids require written specifications, legal advertisement, sealed bids, and in some situations a bid bond is required. Once bids are opened, these bids are available for public inspection.
  • Informal bids are for items less than $90,000 and are confidential until bid award.
  • The County Manager is authorized to award bids for purchases of supplies and equipment less than $250,000.
  • The Catawba County Board of Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Purchase Order Terms and Conditions

UG and FEMA Purchases Terms and Conditions

Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy

The staff of the Purchasing Department is committed to the following Code of Ethics:

  • To conduct all purchasing activities according to applicable laws, rules,
    regulations, and policies of Catawba County and the State of North Carolina.
  • To uphold the practices and principles of the professional purchaser.
  • To conduct all purchasing activities in such a manner as to develop and maintain good public, vendor and internal relationships.
  • To encourage fair and open competition by legitimate and ethical means.
  • To extend honest, courteous and impartial treatment to all interested and qualified suppliers.
  • To maintain purchasing integrity at all times, keep free from any personal obligations to vendors, and respect their confidence.
  • To promote the goodwill of the Purchasing Division at all times.
  • To respect purchasing authority at all times, and not use it for private advantage or gain.