Purchasing and Business Services Manual (PUR)

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Effective: 7/1/1985

Revised: 7/1/2018

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PUR 501–03: Bid Security and Performance and Payment Bonds

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To define requirements for bid security and performance and payment bonds

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Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual — 3-804

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The requirement for bonds or other security must be included in the invitation to bid (ITB).

Bid Security

Bid security submitted by the bidder guarantees that the bidder will execute a contract with the university at the bid price upon award of the bid. If the successful bidder refuses to enter into a contract, the bid security will be forfeited to the university.

Bid security in the amount of 10 percent of the bid price is normally required with all sealed bids for construction projects when the construction cost is estimated to exceed $100,000.

If a bidder fails to submit the required bid security with the bid, the bid shall be considered nonresponsive and subject to rejection unless the chief procurement officer determines in writing that the bid substantially complies with the security requirements.

Bid security is not normally required for material or service contracts. The chief procurement officer is authorized, however, to require bid security for procurements of this nature if such a requirement is advantageous to the university.

Acceptable bid security shall be a bond underwritten by a company licensed to issue bonds in Arizona or a certified or cashier’s check payable to the Arizona Board of Regents.

Bid Withdrawal

Before Bid Opening
If a bid is withdrawn at any time before bid opening, the bid security shall be returned to the bidder. If a bidder is permitted by the chief procurement officer to withdraw the bid before award, no action may be taken against the bidder or bid security.
After Bid Opening
A successful bidder may not withdraw the bid after bid opening without forfeiture of bid security unless the bidder can establish by clear and convincing evidence that a nonjudgmental mistake was made in the bid. If withdrawal of a bid after bid opening is permitted by the chief procurement officer, no action may be taken against the bidder or bid security.

Performance and Payment Bonds

Performance and payment bonds submitted by the successful bidder upon award of the contract guarantee faithful performance of the contract and payment of materials and labor by the contractor to all subcontractors and material suppliers. Performance and payment bonds in the amount of 100 percent of the contract price shall be required for all construction contracts.

Performance Bonds for Material or Service Contracts

Performance bonds for material or service contracts may be required if the chief procurement officer determines the requirement is necessary to protect the interests of the university. The amount of the bond shall be determined by the chief procurement officer.

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For related information on bidding, see:

  1. PUR 303–03, “Preparation of Specifications and Response Evaluation Criteria”
  2. PUR 305–01, “Bidding Requirements for Procurements Costing Less than $50,000”
  3. PUR 305–02, “Bidding Requirements for Procurements Costing at Least $50,000 but Less than $100,000”
  4. PUR 306–01, “Bidding Requirements for Procurements Costing $100,000 or More”
  5. PUR 306–02, “Waiver of Bidding Requirements for Procurements Costing $100,000 or More”


  6. PUR 501–02, “Advertising for Bids.”

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