The City of West Des Moines is dedicated to the principles of competition and fairness. Our goal is to ensure that West Des Moines taxpayers receive the maximum value for every expenditure. Towards that goal, we encourage qualified suppliers to participate in doing business with the City of West Des Moines.
The City of West Des Moines procures supplies, materials, equipment and services through a purchasing system that, for the most part, is decentralized. In other words, city departments are generally responsible for handling the procurement process for the goods and services needed by their individual department. The departments are responsible for ensuring that the city’s centralized purchasing policies are followed. If citywide contracts are available, they are to be used by the departments, rather than soliciting their own bids.
Capital improvement projects in excess of $25,000 are published in the Des Moines Register. For other types of purchases which involve a high dollar amount the bid solicitations are also generally published.
The best way to learn about potential city purchases is to contact the various user departments. A complete list of city departments and phone numbers can be found in the contact directory of this website. You may contact these departments to request that your company receives quotes, bids, or proposals for the specific goods and services that you offer. We value your visits; however, we recommend that, as a professional courtesy, you call for an appointment in order to utilize our time and yours in a productive manner.
Accounts Payable are processed on a bi-weekly basis, and are released after City Council approval.