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King County promotes full and open competition. Only use waivers when necessary.

How to request a waiver

  1. Log into the Procurement Administration portal. 

  2. Select “Service Requests” in the left-hand menu.

  3. Select “Waiver” in the center menu.

  4. Fill out the form and submit to your Agency Approver. 

    Informal Waivers ($10,000 - $50,000) can be approved by anyone in your agency, in keeping with your internal policies. 

    Formal Waivers (over $50,000) must be approved by  your agency director.

  5. Your Agency Approver will submit the waiver request to the Procurement & Payables Section for review.

Start a Waiver

Print this handy Waivers Field Guide to keep at your fingertips


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Learn how to add multiple agency approvers.

Types of Waivers

Waivers let you skip the competitive procurement process. They may only be used in these circumstances:

  • Single Source 
    Single source waivers may be issued when there is only one contractor or supplier capable of providing a product or service.

  • Special Facilities 
    Special facilities waivers may be issued when  a particular contractor or supplier has a unique approach to satisfying the County's need.

  • Special Market Condition 
    A special market condition waiver may be issued when unusual conditions make a waiver advantageous to the County. This type of waiver may not be used for Public Works projects and is applicable only to Goods and Services.

  • Emergency 
    Emergency waivers may be issued to preserve public health, restore public property, or provide community relief during a declared state of emergency such as: fire, flood, explosion, storm, earthquake, epidemic, riot, or insurrection.
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