Tender values and procedures

OJEU tenders

European tendering financial thresholds

Liverpool City Council must advertise its tenders in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) where the expected value will exceed:

  • £181,302+ for supplies contracts.
  • £181,302+ for services contracts.
  • £4,551,413+ for works contracts.

Liverpool City Council tender procedure
(£100,000 TO OJEU Threshold)

The council's own Contract Standing Orders state that in cases where expenditure on works, services or supplies is anticipated to be more than £100,000 a formal tendering exercise will be undertaken. Where a single work involves more than one contract the estimated value of all contracts must be aggregated to decide whether the threshold is reached.

Liverpool City Council quotation procedure
(£5,000 to £100,000)

In cases where expenditure on works, services or supplies is expected to be above £5,000 but under £100,000 a quotation exercise will be undertaken inviting not less than three organisations (wherever possible) to bid.

Contract Standing Orders

Liverpool City Council’s Contract Standing Orders (CSOs) are intended to promote good purchasing practice and public accountability and deter corruption.