Do business with the city

Asheville’s goal is to make doing business with the city as easy and convenient as possible.

The City of Asheville welcomes the opportunity to do business with interested merchants and vendors in the community. Asheville maintains an open door policy for all potential bidders and encourages the participation of minority and women businesses in the purchasing process.


Purchasing Division Mission Statement


The mission of the purchasing division is to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all persons involved in public purchasing, to maximize the purchasing value of public funds in procurement, and to provide safeguards for maintaining a procurement system of quality and integrity.


How the purchasing process works


The City of Asheville generally procures equipment, supplies, materials in one of the following ways:

  • VISA procurement card (for purchases and general services less than $5,000)
  • Quotes (for purchases from $5,000 to $30,000)
  • Informal Bids (for purchases from $30,000 to $90,000)
  • Formal Bids (for purchase above $90,000)
To learn more, and to see a list of current bid opportunities, please see the Purchasing page.