Oversees the County's various purchasing methods including the use of state contract vendors, obtaining price quotes, formal public bid process or, if a professional service is required, requests for proposals.
1333 Atlantic Avenue, 6th Floor
Atlantic City
New Jersey
United States
+1 (609) 343-2268
+1 (609) 343-2193

Department of Administrative Services

Division of Budget and Purchasing

Doing Business with Atlantic County - FAQs

Competitive Sealed Bids

How do I register as a prospective bidder?

The County has procured the services of BidExpress to advertise and receive bids .  A vendor must be registered on BidExpress in order to download and submit a bid for Atlantic County   You can register online.

What is the mailing address to submit a bid?

Bids shall be received online only through  the BIDEXPRESS portal.  No paper submission will be accepted.

When and where are bids opened?

Atlantic County almost always (with very rare exceptions that are clearly stated) opens bids at 11:00 A.M. on the given day. Bids are always publicly opened in the County Office building located at 1333 Atlantic Ave in Atlantic City.  Bids are opened via a weblink.  If you wish to be notified of a bid opening, please contact the purchasing office with your email address

What if my bid is late?

It is your responsibility to ensure that your bid is delivered by the due date and time. Late bids are not accepted.

Can I obtain bid results on-line?

We post bid results on-line after a bid is opened.

Can I obtain bid documents on-line?

Yes, bid documents can be obtained online through bid express if you are registered.

Is there a charge for bid documents?

There is no charge for most bid documents available on the bid portal. If a fee is required for plans and specifications, it will be stated on the portal record.

Where can I go to see what contracts are currently being advertised for bid?

You can view Atlantic County’s upcoming bid information here or visit the County’s bid portal to see what contracts are currently being advertised for bids

Professional Consultant Services

How can my firm find out about solicitations for Professional Consultant Services?

Atlantic County lists all open competitive Requests for Proposals (RFP) on their bid portal.

Is there a charge for RFPs?

No, Atlantic County does not charge for RFP documents.

Can I obtain RFPs online?

Yes, RFP documents can be obtained online if you are registered.

My firm responded to an RFP a few months ago but we have not yet been notified if we have been selected. What does this mean?

The evaluation process can take a number of months to complete. You can be assured that as soon as the process is completed, all firms will be notified.

Who selects the winning proposal?

All proposals are reviewed by an evaluation committee comprised of Atlantic County employees with knowledge, expertise and experience sufficient to make a fair and reasonable evaluation.

Pay to Play

What contracts are subject to NJ State Pay-to-Play restrictions?

Any County or Municipal contract in excess of $17,500 that is not awarded through a Fair and Open Process.

What is a “fair and open process”?

Under N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq., a “fair and open” process is a competitive process compliant with the rules and restrictions set forth by the State’s Local Unit Pay-to-Play law. Specifically, the “fair and open” process shall include, at minimum:

    • Public advertisement (either conventionally in newspapers OR posted on the entity’s website) with “sufficient time to give notice,” and
    • Award under “a process that provides for public solicitation of proposals OR qualifications,” and
    • Established on the basis of an award and disclosure process documented in writing prior to any solicitation, and
    • Publicly opened and announced when awarded

Can contractors awarded contracts through a fair and open process (including public bids or competitive contracting) make reportable contributions to municipal or county candidates or political committees?

In January 2015 the County passed Ordinance No. 2 of 2015 which adopts the election contribution provisions of State law found at NJSA 19:44A-1, et. seq. While contractors are still required to report all reportable contributions in excess of $300, pursuant to NJSA 19:44A-8(d), a contractor is permitted to contribute up to $2,600 per election in the aggregate to any candidate for elective County office pursuant to NJSA 19:44A-11.3 and still be eligible for a County contract so long as the contract is awarded under a “fair and open process” as defined by the statute. Pursuant to NJSA 19:4A-11.4 a contractor can contribute up to $25,000 per year in the aggregate to any State Committee of a political party, $37,000 per year in the aggregate to any County Committee of a political party and $7,200 per year in the aggregate to any Municipal Committee of any political party and still be eligible for a County contract so long as the contract is awarded pursuant to a “fair and open process.”

The reportable contribution limits of NJSA 19:44A-8 only disqualify a contractor from receiving a County contract if the contract is awarded pursuant to a “non-fair and open process” also known as an alternate method contract.

Are contracts that are exempt from bidding (pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5) subject to Pay-To-Play?

Under New Jersey Sate Pay to Play, yes, all contracts in excess of $17,500 are subject to a fair and open process or must comply with the reporting requirements of a non-fair and open process.

May a business entity that has a made a reportable contribution re-establish eligibility for a contract by requesting that the contribution be returned?

Under the New Jersey Pay to Play, yes, provided that the contribution is returned within sixty (60) days of said contribution. ELEC should be consulted for additional information.

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