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Waiver

Waivers allow you, if justified, to bypass the standard procurement process for full and open competition for purchases more than $10,000.

How To Request a Waiver

  1. Submit a service request for a Waiver.

    • You’ll need to indicate the funding source (local or federal), the waiver type, and the justification for using a waiver instead of completing the normal procurement process. If using federal funds, read the federal guidelines carefully to ensure compliance (2 CFR 200.320).

    • If you're not sure if your purchase qualifies for a waiver, you may submit a Request for Advice (RFA) and our Procurement staff will recommend the appropriate procurement method for your needs. Exempt purchases do not require a waiver. For example: utilities, postage, subscriptions, memberships, conferences/trainings, etc.

  2. Your supervisor and department director must approve the waiver before the service request is automatically routed to Procurement & Payables. Depending on the funding source and dollar amount, your waiver may require many levels of approval before your request can be completed. You can track the status of your service request in King County E-Procurement Portal.

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Waiver Types

Local Funding Federal Funding
  • Sole source
    Only one supplier can meet the requirements
  • Special facilities
    A supplier has a unique site or facility
  • Special market conditions
    Unique circumstances resulting in cost savings
  • Single Source
    The item is available only from a single source.
  • Federally Pre-Approved Non-Competitive
    The Federal awarding agency (or pass-through entity) expressly authorizes noncompetitive proposals in response to a written request from King County.
  • Inadequate Competition
    After solicitation of a number of sources, competition is determined inadequate.

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