Pol-Non-competitive Negotiation

policy non competitive negotiation modified Tue May 02 2023 11:23:19 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

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Non-competitive Negotiation



PUR - 5.00


This policy applies to University Administrators, Faculty, and Staff.


KRS Compliance
Both the University and its agents can be held liable for Contracts or Purchase Orders issued through the single/sole source procedure if the decision is based on false or incomplete information. All such requests must be fully substantiated prior to contracting.


A contract may be made by noncompetitive negotiation only for sole source purchases, or when competition is not feasible, as determined by the purchasing officer in writing prior to award, under administrative regulations promulgated by the secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet or the governing boards of universities operating under KRS Chapter 164A. Sole source is a situation in which there is only one (1) known capable supplier of a commodity or service, occasioned by the unique nature of the requirement, the supplier, or market conditions. Insofar as it is practical, no less than three (3) suppliers shall be solicited to submit written or oral quotations whenever it is determined that competitive sealed bidding is not feasible. Award shall be made to the supplier offering the best value. The names of the suppliers submitting quotations and the date and amount of each quotation shall be placed in the procurement file and maintained as a public record. Competitive bids may not be required:

  1. For contractual services where no competition exists, such as telephone service, electrical energy, and other public utility services;
  2. Where rates are fixed by law or ordinance;
  3. For library books;
  4. For commercial items that are purchased for resale;
  5. For interests in real property;
  6. For visiting speakers, professors, expert witnesses, and performing artists;
  7. For personal service contracts executed pursuant to KRS 45A.690 to 45A.725; and
  8. For agricultural products in accordance with KRS 45A.645.

Price and Delivery shall not be a consideration in support of a sole source decision.


Sole Source is a situation in which there is only (1) known capable supplier of the commodity or service, created by the unique nature of the requirements, compatibility with existing equipment, the supplier, or market conditions.  


Requesting department prepares a complete Single/Sole Source Justification form and submits to Procurement Services for review. This Single/Sole Source request explains the nature of the commodity/non-professional service*, describing uniqueness of situation and why this is the only item/firm suited for their purpose. Failure to supply all information requested along with applicable signatures may cause a delay in approval. The Single/Sole Source Justification form is located on the Procurement Services Forms page.
Contracts may be established by non-competitive negotiation (KRS 45A-095) for purchases where competition is not feasible as determined by Contract Administration and Procurement Services. All requests or in the cases of bona fide emergency situations where public safety and or property is at threat must be justified in written form from the using department and submitted for review and approval by the appropriate Purchasing officials or Police Station.
 *Refer to Policy PUR-11.00 for Professional Services


Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer


Sally Molsberger, Chief Procurement Officer - Procurement Services
Service Complex, University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292


Original Date: Unknown
Revision Date(s): April 28, 2023
Reviewed Date(s): February 14, 2020; April 28, 2023

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