EU Procurement Thresholds

The European public contracts directive (2014/24/EU) applies to public authorities including, amongst others, government departments, local authorities and NHS Authorities and Trusts. Note: This directive will not be transposed into Scottish legislation until March 2016. With the exception of social and other specific services the following thresholds will apply to procurement carried out under the existing procurement directives in Scotland.

The directives set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts whose value equals or exceeds specific thresholds. Details of the thresholds, applying from 1st January 2016 are given below. Thresholds are net of VAT




The European Public Contracts Directive (2014/24/EU) - From 1 January 2016

  Supplies &
Services1
Works2 Social & Other
Services3
Central Government4 £106,047
(€135,000)
£4,104,394
(€5,225,000)
£589,148
(€750,000)
Other contracting authorities £164,176
(€209,000)
£4,104,394
(€5,225,000)
£589,148
(€750,000)
Small lots £62,842
(€84,000)
£785,530
(€1,00,000)
n/a

1 With the exception of the following services, which have different thresholds or are exempt

  • Social and other spefici sevices (subject to the light touch regime) Article 74
  • Subsidised service contracts specified under Article 15
  • rsearch and development seervices ubder Article 14 (specified CPV codes are exempt)
  • Subsidised services contracts under regulation 34

2 With the exception of subsidised works contracts under Article 13.

3 As per Article 74. Services are listed in the Annex XIV. Applying in Scotland from March 2016

4 Schedule 1 of the Public COntracts Regulations lists the Central Government Bodies subject to the WTO GPA. These thresholds will also apply to any successor bodies




The European Utility Contracts Directive (2014/25/EU)

The European utility contracts directive (2014/25/EU) applies to certain utility companies operating in the Energy, Water, and Transport sectors and will be transposed into UK legislation, including Scotland, in April 2016. With the exception of social and other specific services the following thresholds will apply to procurement carried out under the existing Utilities procurement directives from 1st January 2016

  Supplies &
Services
Works Social & Other
Services5
Utility Authorities £328,352
(€418,000)
£4,104,394
(€5,225,000)
£785,530
(€1,000,000)

5 Applying from April 2016

The Defence & Security directive (2009/81/EC

The Defence & Security Directive (2009/81/EC) applies to entities operating in the fields of defence and security. The directives set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts whose value equals or exceeds specific thresholds. Details of the thresholds, applying from 1st January 2016 are given below.
Thresholds are net of VAT.

  Supplies &
Services
Works Social & Other
Services
Utility Authorities £328,352
(€418,000)
£4,104,394
(€5,225,000)
n/a