This is an archive. The City of Pittsburgh partnered with Code for America between 2015 and 2018 to develop Beacon. This site is an archive of the City opportunities that were posted there. For new opportunities to work with the City, visit the new opportunity site.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the City have special requirements for businesses?

When applying for City contracts, your business must have:

  • A federal tax ID number, also known as an EIN (Employer Identification Number). Get one from the IRS here.

Some contracts require these additional documents:

  • An insurance certificate from your insurer, which is used to prove your business can cover liabilities.
  • Bid bonds and performance bonds, which are used to guarantee that contractors who win the contract will accept it and complete it.

If my business is minority, woman, or veteran-owned, what documentation do I need?

The City of Pittsburgh accepts current certifications from any government agency. If you aren't currently certified, you can get certified through Allegheny County here.

What does the City buy?

The short answer is — almost everything! Visit the City's bid opportunities page to find out more.

How do I find out about opportunities?

Visit the City's new vendor registration page.

What opportunities are open now?

You can browse all available opportunities at the City's bid opportunities page. Opportunities that were advertised on Beacon will also be kept in the archive.

Who made this?

This tool was made as part of a year-long partnership between the City of Pittsburgh and a non-profit called Code for America. The projects coming out of this partnership leverage modern technology and user-centered design to make improvements to the ways products and services are purchased within City government. Click here for more on this work and the team behind it.

What if I have another question?

Email us at! We'll add new questions and answers to this page.