Doing Business With Jersey City
The City of Jersey City is a major consumer of goods and services having an annual procurement budget that exceeds $100M. Under the direction of the Business Administrator, the Division of Purchasing follows 4 basic principles:
- Obtain the goods and services necessary for City government to do its job
- Obtain the highest quality goods and services at the best price
- Obtain goods and services from minority-owned, woman-owned, and local businesses when possible
- Adhere to the rules and regulations of the Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S.A 40A:11 et seq)
If you believe that your firm can offer quality goods or services at a fair price to the City of Jersey City, there a few simple steps to take:
- Obtain a business registration certificate (BRC). Unless the amount of the proposed purchase is less than $3150, all vendors doing business with public entities (State, County, Municipal, and Schools) must have a valid business registration certificate issed by the State Department of the Treasury. For more information on getting a BRC, visit the Department of the Treasury website.
- Check the City's list of Public Contracts to see if there is a Request for Proposals (RFP) or Request for Qualifications (RFQ) currently advertised that might apply to your firm. Note that Professional Services and Extraordinary Unspecifiable Services vendors are prohibited from making political contributions to Jersey City municipal candidates and to other political organizations. Please read Jersey City's Pay to Play Ordinance (08-128).
- Contact the Division of Purchasing and submit your vendor information.
- If you're planning on opening a new business in Jersey City, please check out our Doing Business In Jersey City webpage.
If you'd like more information on the Local Public Contracts Law, New Jersey Municipalities, the monthly magazine published by the NJ State League of Municipalities, has an excellent, in-depth discussion in its June 2007 issue. Read it now.