The Professional Services Selection Committee (PSSC) reviews and selects consultants for contracted work.
Architects, landscape architects and engineers who plan to submit expressions of interest to work on Baltimore County projects must pre-qualify and be licensed by the State of Maryland. The required annual pre-qualification period extends from August 1 to July 31. The PSSC periodically advertises projects to be assigned on the County's website as well as via E-Maryland Marketplace Advantage.
View the current list of prequalified consultants.
Annual Prequalification Review
The County prequalifies firms annually and sends out email prequalification notifications reminding consulting firms to establish or renew their prequalification for the coming Prequalification Cycle, which runs from August 1 to July 31 of the following year. Prequalification submittals are valid only for the particular cycle during which they were submitted. Consultants may also prequalify for a specific project prior to the project's submittal date.
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Procedure to Prequalify
The County only considers prequalified firms (prime, sub-consultant or joint venture) for professional engineering, architecture and landscape architecture services. A firm that is not prequalified may submit prequalification forms up to, and including, the deadline for submittal for a specific project.
Procedure to Submit
Firms must submit prequalification forms separately from project submittals. Firms that submit prequalification forms with a project submittal run the risk of being eliminated from the project due to an incorrect prequalification submittal. We strongly suggest early prequalification.
About the Process
The entire process from advertisement to start of design is approximately eight months to a year, depending upon workload.
Minority and Women's Business Enterprises Requirements
It is the policy of Baltimore County, Maryland, that minority business enterprises and women-owned businesses shall have the maximum opportunity to participate in performance of contracts financed in whole or part by County funds for all projects. Twenty percent any combination for minority persons—defined as an individual who is African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, American Indian or disabled—or for women exclusively, regardless of race or ethnicity, pursuant to Baltimore County's Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program.
Minority and women business firms must be certified to be counted toward the goal. They may be certified by either:
- The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) minority business certification program
- Baltimore City's minority business certification program
To be used as part of a consultant team for a County professional services contract, the firm must still be prequalified with the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT). View the requirements of minority- and women-owned businesses.