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State Procurement Guidelines

The State Procurement Guidelines have been updated to reflect August 1, 2023 law changes. Contact the State Procurement Office at infospo@nd.gov or 701-328-1728 for questions or suggestions for improvement regarding these guidelines.

Additional Resources

Higher Education Purchasing

OMB and the University System coordinate on purchasing policies pursuant to N.D.C.C. Chapter 54-44.4 and N.D.C.C. § 15-10-17 (5).

Procurement Advisory Council

The Procurement Advisory Council is established under N.D.A.C. § 4-12-02-03 to discuss procurement practices, recommendations for improvement of the state procurement process, and advise the state procurement manager regarding statewide procurement policies, standards, and guidelines.

For more information, contact infospo@nd.gov or call 701-328-4912.

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Procurement Rules - North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC)
Procurement Law - North Dakota Century Code (NDCC)

NDCC 54-44 - Office of Management and Budget

  • 54-44-04. Powers and duties of the director of the office of management and budget.
    • Items 18, 19, 20, 21

NDCC 54-44.4 - State Purchasing Practices

  • 54-44.4-01.    Declaration of policy - Definitions.
  • 54-44.4-01.1. Elected officials - Bidder - Communication. 
  • 54-44.4-02.    Office of management and budget purchasing services.
  • 54-44.4-02.1. Procurement of services.
  • 54-44.4-02.2. Specified exempt commodities and services - Report to the budget section. 
  • 54-44.4-03.    Director of the office of management and budget may delegate purchasing authority.
  • 54-44.4-04.    Office of management and budget - Rules.
  • 54-44.4-05.    Competitive, limited competitive, noncompetitive, and negotiated purchases - Exempt records.
  • 54-44.4-05.1. Resolution of tie bids or proposals. 
  • 54-44.4-06.    All purchases to be made in accordance with specifications - Multi step sealed bids.
  • 54-44.4-07.    Procurement of environmentally preferable products.
  • 54-44.4-08.    Purchase of recycled paper products.
  • 54-44.4-09.    Bidders list.
  • 54-44.4-09.1. Secretary of state registration. 
  • 54-44.4-10.    Competitive sealed proposals - Exempt Records.
  • 54-44.4-11.    Small purchases.
  • 54-44.4-12.    Resolution of protested solicitations and awards.
  • 54-44.4-13.    Cooperative purchasing.
  • 54-44.4-13.1. Purchases - Payment. 
  • 54-44.4-14.    Procurement information - Website.
  • 54-44.4-15.    Purchasing contracts – Prohibition – Israel boycott.

NDCC 54-44.7 - State Government - Office of Management and Budget - Architect, Engineer and Land Surveying Services

  • 54-44.7-01. Definition.
  • 54-44.7-02. Applicability - Policy.
  • 54-44.7-03. Procurement Procedures.
  • 54-44.7-04. Exception.
  • 54-44.7-05. Splitting projects or services contracts prohibited.

NDCC 54-59 - Information Technology Department 

  • 54-59-32. Major information technology projects - Appointment of executive steering committees.
State Printing and Newspaper Legal Notice Laws

NDCC 46-01 - Printing Laws - Supervision of State Printing

  • 46-01-01. Office of management and budget to purchase printing.
  • 46-01-02. Printing duties of office of management and budget.

NDCC 46-02 - Printing Laws - Printing and Binding General Provisions

  • 46-02-01. Printing and binding - Duties of the office of management and budget.
  • 46-02-04. Classes of printing.
  • 46-02-05. Proposals for printing - Classifications 1, 2, and 4 - Form, style, quantity, timing specifications.
  • 46-02-06. Opening of bids - Awards.
  • 46-02-07. Proposals - How made.
  • 46-02-08. Bids - When received - Not changed.
  • 46-02-09. Printing classifications 3 and 6 - Procured by the office of management and budget - Exceptions. 
  • 46-02-10. Printing and binding done without unnecessary delay - Time within which laws and public documents must be delivered - How extension granted.
  • 46-02-12. The office of management and budget - Inferior printing and work.
  • 46-02-15. Public printing resident bidder preference.
  • 46-02-17. Serial numbering of forms - Penalty.
  • 46-02-20. In-plant print shops. Repealed by S.L. 2023, ch. 402, § 2.

NDCC 46-05 - Printing Laws - Newspapers

  • 46-05-01. Newspapers qualified to do legal printing - File copies with state historical society - Publishing notices in adjoining county.
  • 46-05-03. Legal notices - Fees.
  • 46-05-04. Rates and methods of computation applicable to legal notices and publications generally.
  • 46-05-06. Legal notices - Penalty for violations in printing.
  • 46-05-07. Publications of county meeting and notices. 
  • 46-05-09. Publication of legal notices on website. 

NDCC 46-06 Official Newspaper 

  • 46-06-09. Publications required to be made in official newspaper. 
  • 46-06-10. When publication null and void. 

Other Purchasing Laws

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Other Purchasing Laws
NDCC 15.1-09 School Boards

NDCC 15.1-09 School Boards

  • 15.1-09-34. Contracts by school boards - Bids - Penalty.
NDCC 21-06 - Governmental Finance - Miscellaneous Provisions

NDCC 21-06 - Governmental Finance - Miscellaneous Provisions

  • 21-06-08 - Authority to contract with the federal government - Delegation of authority.
NDCC 25-16.2 - Work Activity Center Contract Awards

NDCC 25-16.2 - Work Activity Center Contract Awards

  • 25-16.2-01 - Work activity center - Definition.
  • 25-16.2-01.1 - Purpose.
  • 25-16.2-02 - Direct bidding with work activity centers for highway grade stakes.
  • 25-16.2-03 - Contract requirement.
  • 25-16.2-04 - Direct purchase from work activity centers.
NDCC 32-12.2 - Claims Against the State

NDCC 32-12.2 - Claims Against the State

  • 32-12.2-17. Indemnification and insurance requirements in state contracts.
NDCC 44-08 - Offices and Officers - Miscellaneous Provisions

NDCC 44-08 - Miscellaneous Provisions

  • 44-08-01. Competitive purchasing required.
  • 44-08-01.1. Bids to be sealed - Designation of time and place for opening.
  • 44-08-02. Resident North Dakota bidder, seller, and contractor defined.
NDCC 48-01 - Public Buildings

NDCC 48-01 - Public Buildings

  • 48-01.2 Public Improvement Contract Bids.
NDCC 48-01.2 - Public Improvement Bids & Contracts
NDCC 48-09 - Concessions

NDCC 48-09 - Concessions

  • 48-09-01. Granting of concessions for cafes, restaurants, and confectioneries on public buildings and grounds.
  • 48-09-02. Concession advertised in legal newspaper.
  • 48-09-03. Security required of successful bidder.
  • 48-09-04. Rules and regulations - Cancelation of contract.
  • 48-09-05. Penalty.
NDCC 54-59 - Information Technology

NDCC 54-59 - Information Technology Department

  • 54-59-32. Major Information Technology Projects - Appointment of executive steering committees.