Procurement – EU thresholds

The European Union (EU) sets thresholds for procurement contracts. We have to advertise contracts with a value above these thresholds in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union (EU).

Summary of thresholds from 1 January 2014 (net of VAT)

Public contracts

Public contracts​

Supplies​

​Services

​Works

Bodies listed in Schedule 1*​

£111,676​

£111,676**​

£4,322,012***​

Other public sector contracting authorities​

​£172,514

£172,514​

£ 4,322,012***​

Prior information notices​

£625,050​

£625,050​

£4,322,012​

Small lots​

£66,672​

£66,672​

£833,400​

* Schedule 1 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 lists the central government bodies which are subject to the World Trade Organisations and Government Procurement Agreement. These thresholds will also apply to any successor bodies.

** With the exception of the following services, which have a threshold of £172,514:

  • Part B (Residual) services
  • Research and development services (Category 8)
  • The following Telecommunications Services in Category 5 (CPC -Central Product Classification)
  • CPC 7524 - Television and Radio Broadcast services
  • CPC 7525 - Interconnection services
  • CPC 7526 - Integrated telecommunications services
  • Subsidised services contracts under regulation 34

*** Including subsidised works contracts under regulation 34.