Chapter 30B Procurement Assistance

Enacted in 1990, Chapter 30B of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Uniform Procurement Act, establishes uniform procedures for local governments to use when contracting for supplies, services, and real property. Approximately 1,500 local governmental jurisdictions in Massachusetts (cities, towns, counties, districts, regional school districts, and local authorities, including housing and redevelopment authorities) follow the procedures to award contracts worth billions of dollars each year. The Office has an extensive Chapter 30B program to assist local governments.

  • The Office has printed guidance, including The Chapter 30B Manual, a step-by-step resource for achieving best value procurements.  Also, the Office produces many guides and advisories on specific topics.  Periodically, the Office issues a Procurement Bulletin, which provides information on current issues and other developments of interest to procurement officials.
  • In addition, the Office has a Chapter 30B team trained in public procurement that can advise you on interpreting, analyzing, and applying the provisions of Chapter 30B.  To consult a Chapter 30B team member regarding a Chapter 30B matter please call 617-722-8838.  The Chapter 30B line is not intended to be a source of legal advice.  Please direct questions regarding procurement matters in litigation or in anticipation of litigation to your legal counsel. Telephone assistance is available five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may submit questions or information by email to, however, the Office does not issue email responses.  In the email, please include a telephone number where you can be reached and, if appropriate, the Office can provide a verbal acknowledgment or response.

MCPPO Training

The Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official Program program includes seminars on Chapter 30B and other procurement statutes and issues, and enhances the capacity of public purchasing officials to operate effectively and achieve excellence in public procurement. More ...

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