New Thresholds for Public Procurement


On 1 January 2020, new thresholds will be in force for public procurements conducted under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016, the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 (and the equivalents in Scotland) as well as the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011.

The new thresholds are set out in the table below.

When the UK leaves the EU, responsibility for reviewing the UK thresholds (every two years) will pass from the EU Commission to the Cabinet Office (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and the Scottish Ministers (in Scotland), under Brexit amendment regulations.

Regime

Current Threshold

New Threshold from 1 January 2020

Public Contracts *

Works

£4,551,413

£4,733,252

Services and Supplies (Central)

£118,133

£122,976

Services and Supplies (Sub-Central)

£181,302

£189,330

Light Touch

£615,278

£663,540

Concessions

Concession Contracts

£4,551,413

£4,733,252

Utilities*

Works

£4,551,413

£4,733,252

Services and Supplies

£363,424

£378,660

Defence and Security*

Works

£4,551,413

£4,733,252

Services and Supplies

£363,424

£378,660

 

*The following small lots thresholds are also applicable for procurements under the public, utilities and defence and security contracts regulations noted above (but not the concession contracts regulations).

Current Threshold

New Threshold from 1 January 2020

Small Lots Works

£820,370

£884,720

Small Lots Services and Supplies

£65,630

£70,778

 
*The following small lots thresholds are also applicable for procurements under the public, utilities and defence and security contracts regulations noted above (but not the concession contracts regulations).
 
 
 
 
 
 

Key contacts

Jonathan Davey

Jonathan Davey

Partner, Commercial Services
United Kingdom

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Michael Rainey

Michael Rainey

Managing Associate, Public Procurement
UK

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Jack Doukov-Eustice

Jack Doukov-Eustice

Associate, Commercial
London, UK

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