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Competitive Solicitation

Reference Number: MTAS-1700
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: August 27, 2014
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12-3-1204. Competitive solicition 
(a)  As used in this section, “municipality,” “county” and “metropolitan government” apply only to municipalities, counties, and metropolitan governments with a population greater than one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) according to the 1990 federal census or any subsequent federal census.

(b) In any municipality, county or metropolitan government, not withstanding any charter provision, private act, or other provision of law, a purchase, lease, or lease-purchase must be preceded by competitive solicitation only if the purchase, lease, or lease-purchase exceeds ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

(c) When the charter of a metropolitan government requires that purchases be made on the basis of competitive bidding, notwithstanding subsection (b), “competitive soliciting” for the metropolitan government means:


$1,000.00 to $3,999.99 Three (3) verbal (including telephone) quotations when possible.
$4,000.00 to $9,999.99 Three (3) written (including fax) quotations when possible.
$10,000.00 and above Competitive sealed bids or proposals for non-emergency and non-proprietary product purchases.


(d) Any municipality, county or metropolitan government may retain present competitive soliciting requirements and may retain the right to establish, in accordance with charter amendment or private act, whichever is applicable, different dollar amount thresholds and different requirements for competitive bids and competitive proposals from those established in this section.

(e) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to expressly or impliedly repeal § 7-52-117, or any part of that section.

(f) This section shall not supersede or be construed to supersede§ 12-3-1201.