Policies & Guidelines
The purpose of this information is to acquaint you with how the County promotes the use of best business practices in acquiring goods and services.
The Purchasing Guidelines identify the procedures applicable to purchasing goods and services and facilitate compliance with the Bexar County Administrative Policies 8.0 and 8.1, which define purchasing related activities and functions.
The Bexar County Purchasing Manual was developed with the goal of the Purchasing Department increasing value and reducing risks by having Bexar County officials, employees, and suppliers come together to work under an acquisition process that is consistent, fair, transparent, and effective.
The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines and accountability for the expenditure of taxpayer funds used to procure goods and services used by the County departments and offices. The processes used to procure goods and services should always provide the best value for the County, while providing an open and fair process for vendors/suppliers and subcontractors/sub-suppliers/sub-consultants.
The Office of the County Manager is committed to increasing the involvement of Small, Minority, Women and Veteran Owned Business Enterprises (SMWVBE) in the County’s procurement process. This policy covers: purchase of supplies, materials, products, services and equipment; maintenance and/or service of County assets and property; contracts for non-professional services; contracts for commodities, equipment or supplies/materials; contracts for repair/alteration of real property; contracts for construction of real property; contracts for the repair/construction of roads, bridges or other related structures/surfaces; and purchase of Professional and Personal Services
Bexar County has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. It is the policy of Bexar County to ensure that DBEs as defined in Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT–assisted contracts.