Purchasing / Procurement

The Purchasing Department of the City of Canton oversees nearly all procurement duties for the administrative departments of the City government.

Overview & Vendor Registration

The items purchased by all City departments are numerous and change frequently. The City of Canton is required to advertise, receive bids, and enter into a contract for any good or service that exceeds $50,000.

Additionally, the Purchasing Department oversees a wide variety of proposals and quote requests. If you would like to receive notification regarding Purchasing Department solicitations, please register as a vendor. Additionally, the City of Canton also advertises all formal solicitations.

All professional or personal service contracts entered into by any official on behalf of the City shall first be approved and authorized by Council where the contract exceeds twenty-five thousand dollars.

Bids and RFP's for the City's Community Development Lead Safe Canton Program funded by HUD are available through this link.

Cooperative Purchasing Programs

The City of Canton also purchases various items through Cooperative Purchasing Programs. If the City purchases through one of these contracts, the requirements of competitive bidding are obviated. If you would like more information regarding the City’s participation in cooperative purchasing programs, please contact a Purchasing Department staff member for more information.


The City of Canton strives to include certified minority- and/or woman-owned businesses in the bidding process through its MBE/WBE program.

Board of Control

The Board of Control is the body charged with officially awarding a contracts under the authority of the City Administration.  It is comprised of the Mayor, Director of Public Service, and Director of Public Safety.  Unless otherwise noted on the agenda posted at the link below, regular Board of Control meetings are held each Tuesday at 9:00 AM in the City Hall 8th floor conference room.
Current Board of Control Notification and Meeting Agenda

Public Auctions of Surplus and Impound


The City of Canton Director of Public Service is authorized to sell city owned personal property which is not needed for public use, or is obsolete or unfit for the use for which it was acquired, by internet auction pursuant to ORC 721.15(D). The auctions shall be conducted on a continuous basis through accessing the City of Canton’s surplus property through the City’s web site located at CantonOhio.gov. The surplus items shall be posted for not less than 10 days including Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays.
The City will post a notice of such Internet auction on the bulletin board on the second floor of City Hall on a continuous basis. A notice will appear continuously on the City’s web site that surplus property is available through Internet auction.
All property is offered for sale “As Is, Where Is”. The City of Canton makes no warranty, guaranty or representation of any kind, expressed or implied, as to the merchantability or fitness for any purpose of the property offered for sale. The Buyer is not entitled to any payment for loss of profit or any other money damages – special, direct, indirect or consequential, and The Board of Control reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to accept the bid(s) deemed most beneficial to the City of Canton.

Published in the Canton Repository: January 16, 2024 and January 26, 2024

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