Authority Procurement Limits

The purchasing guidelines in the Municipal Authorities Act were modified by Act 90 of 2011 to change the thresholds for bidding requirements by Pennsylvania Authorities. Act 90 of 2011 subjected the bidding thresholds to an annual escalator. The results of the annual escalation of the thresholds will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin by the Department of Labor and Industry prior to January 1 of each year.

Effective January 1, 2022, the threshold limits were set at:

The percentage change for the 12-month period ending September 30, 2021, is 5.4%. Act 90 of 2011 caps the annual increase at 3.0%. Beginning on January 1, 2022, the bidding thresholds for municipal authorities will be as follows:

  • Purchases and contracts below $11,800 require no formal bidding or written/telephonic quotations.
  • Purchases and contracts between $11,800 and $21,900 require three written/telephonic quotations.
  • Purchases and contracts over $21,900 require formal bidding.

Click here to view the Pennsylvania Bulletin announcement and for the specifics of the CPI adjustment.