How To Do Business With The Town
How do I obtain bid documents?
Bid documents can be obtained by registering and downloading here.
Where are bids advertised?
Bids are generally advertised locally in the Norwood Record, as well as in the Central Register for construction projects, the State's Purchasing site Commbuys, the Town's website, the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association's website. Further, public notices are posted in the Town Hall outside of the General Manager's Office on the First Floor, which is where the Purchasing Department is located.
Can I get on a bidder's list for future bids?
The Town of Norwood does not maintain a bidder's list for future bids. All bid advertisements are posted on the Town's website as well as other online sites.
While not mandatory, if you are a vendor interested in doing business with the Town and are not registered with Commbuys already, please visit the Commbuys website and register your business. Registration is free and provides access to bidding opportunities with the Commonwealth as well as the Town of Norwood.
What forms do I need to submit after I become a vendor?
Once you become a vendor, you must submit a Form W-9 (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number).
If you are performing construction work for the Town, you will be required to submit a Certificate of Insurance showing the Town of Norwood as an additional insured. You may also be required to submit OSHA 10 certificates for your employees, which certify that your employees have completed an OSHA 10 safety course.
Certified payroll reports are also required on a weekly basis for all construction projects.
As a vendor, can I invoice the Town for sales tax?
As a government institution, the Town of Norwood is exempt from sales tax. Once you become a vendor with the Town, the Town will send you a copy of its Form ST-2, ST-4, ST-5 or ST-5C, which exempt the Town from sales tax under State law.
A sales tax exemption must be procured before purchasing an item. Further, employees of the Town, when purchasing on behalf of the government, are required to be in possession of one of the above forms when making a purchase. Volunteers are unable to possess this documentation, and are thus responsible for paying for sales tax.
Where can I find bid results for Town of Norwood bids?
Bid results can be found here. They are listed by the Contract number and name of the bid. If you require information on contracts from previous Fiscal Years, please contact the Purchasing Department for further information.
How can I request copies of certified payrolls for Town projects?
Requests for certified payrolls can be made by contacting the Purchasing Department.
What are Prevailing Wage Rates?
The Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Law for public works projects G.L. c. 149, §§ 26 - 27 ("The Prevailing Wage Law") establishes minimum wage rates for workers on public construction projects.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Department of Labor Standards (DLS) is the agency responsible for issuing prevailing wage rate sheets and administering the Prevailing Wage Law.
The Massachusetts Attorney General's Fair Labor Division is responsible for enforcing the law. If contractors fail to comply with any provision of the Prevailing Wage Law or if you believe a contractor is not paying prevailing wages, you should contact the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division at (617) 727-3465.
You can find more information regarding prevailing wage rates by clicking here.
Can I submit bids in person?
No. All documents are required to be submitted online. Further information can be found on the bid page, and you can contact Purchasing if you have any questions.