5.33.310 Specifications and Brand Names.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinances 183445185898 and 189878, effective March 4, 2020.)

  1. A.  Specification content is in the sole discretion of the City of Portland.
  2. B.  The City may consult with technical experts, suppliers, prospective Contractors and representative of the industries with which the City will Contract.  The City shall take reasonable measure to ensure that no person who prepares or assists in the preparation of Solicitation Documents, Specifications, plans or Scopes of Work (collectively, “documents”), and that no business with which the person is associated realizes a material competitive advantage in a Procurement that arises from the City’s use of those documents.
  3. C.  A “brand name or equal” Specification may be used when it is Advantageous to the City.  The brand name describes the standard of quality, performance, functionality and other characteristics of the product needed by the City.   The City’s determination of what constitutes a product that is equal or superior to the product specified is final.  Unless otherwise specified, the use of a brand name shall mean “brand name or equal.”
  4. D.  A “brand name” Specification may be used requiring a Contractor to provide a specific brand only if the Chief Procurement Officer makes a Written determination finding that the brand name will meet one or more of the following needs:
    1. 1.  The use of a brand name Specification is unlikely to encourage favoritism in the Awarding of a Contract or substantially diminish competition for Contracts; or
    2. 2.  The use of a brand name Specification would result in a substantial cost savings to the City; or
    3. 3.  There is only one manufacturer or seller of the product of the quality, performance or functionality required; or
    4. 4.  Efficient utilization of existing goods requires the acquisition of compatible Goods or Services.
  5. E.  The City's use of a brand name specification is subject to protest and review only as provided in Section 5.33.730.