PUR 501–02: Advertising for Bids
To establish guidelines for newspaper advertising when it is required or desirable for procurements
Arizona Revised Statutes § 39–203
Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual - 3–803
Newspaper advertising for bids is mandatory for certain types of procurement and desirable for others. When advertising is required, it must be published in a newspaper of general circulation within Arizona. This is the responsibility of Purchasing and Business Services.
Advertising content should be kept to a minimum in order to conserve funds. Advertisements should state the description of the procurement; the time, date, and place of bid opening; and the location where plans or specifications can be obtained. Other pertinent information may be added if necessary for clarification.
Design and/or Construction Services
Advertisement in the legal advertisement section of a newspaper of general circulation in the state is required. Bid opening occurs at a reasonable time after the last day of publication, but not earlier than two weeks after the date of publication. Notice of the construction project also is sent to construction reporters. A sample advertisement for construction projects, Arizona Board of Regents Notice to Contractors of Intent to Receive Bids, is available.
Other Services Costing $100,000 or More
Advertisement is required in the legal advertisement section of a newspaper of general circulation in the state. Bids are opened at least two weeks after the last day of publication. A sample advertisement for Request for Proposals, Arizona Board of Regents Request for Proposals, is available.
These services might include, for example, auditing, accounting, financial services, legal services, medical and health services, surveys and studies, architectural and engineering services, and tree trimming.
Advertising costs are paid by the department requesting the procurement.
Clergy, certified public accountants, financial advisors and consultants, physicians, dentists, and legal counsel services are exempt from the requirement for advertising.
For related information, see PUR 501–01, “Information to Suppliers.”
For information on bidding, see: