Connecticut Resident Bidder Preference

Revised March 2, 2015

Connecticut General Statutes, §4a-59. All other factors being equal, preference is given to supplies, materials and equipment produced, assembled or manufactured in the state, and services originating and provided in the state.

Connecticut General Statutes, §4a-51. When purchasing dairy products, poultry, eggs, beef, pork, lamb, farm-raised fish, fruits, or vegetables, the Commissioner of Administrative Services shall give preference to those items grown or produced in Connecticut when comparable in cost to those that have not been grown or produced in Connecticut.


Connecticut General Statutes, §4e-48. State contracting agencies shall add a percent increase to the original bid of a nonresident bidder equal to the percent, if any, of the preference given to such nonresident bidder in the state in which such nonresident bidder resides. If, after application of such percent increase, the bidder that submits the lowest responsible qualified bid is a resident bidder, the state contracting agency shall award the contract to the resident bidder provided the resident bidder agrees to meet the original lowest responsible qualified bid. A "nonresident bidder" means a business that is not a Connecticut resident and a "resident bidder" means a business that has paid unemployment or income taxes in Connecticut during the 12 calendar months immediately preceding bid submission and has a business address in Connecticut.