Board of Estimates

UPDATE: Please note Baltimore City Hall is closed to the public during the COVID-19 health crisis. All Board of Estimates meetings will be conducted via remote video conference. 

To submit protests or ask questions, please contact James Knighton at [email protected]. All formal correspondence should be addressed to:

Honorable President
and Members of the Board of Estimates
c/o Secretary, Board of Estimates
204 City Hall
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


The Baltimore City Board of Estimates consists of five voting members: The Mayor, President of the City Council, the Comptroller, the City Solicitor, and the Director of Public Works. The President of the City Council serves as President of the Board of Estimates, and the City Comptroller serves as Secretary to the Board.

Pursuant to the Charter of Baltimore City, Article VI Section 2, the Board of Estimates formulates and executes the fiscal policy of the City.

From time to time, in furtherance of these duties, the Board promulgates rules, regulations and conducts hearings. Each year, the Board adopts an Ordinance of Estimates and presents it to the City Council. Prior to the adoption of the Ordinance of Estimates, the Board makes public the Director of Finance's recommended operating budget and the Planning Commission's recommended capital budget and long-range capital improvement program.

The Board of Estimates is also responsible for awarding contracts and supervising all purchasing by the City. All bids made to the City in response to the formal advertising procedures are opened by the Board of Estimates, which awards the contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.


Regulations on Procurement, Protests, Minority, and Women-owned Business Enterprise and Debarment/Suspension (Regulations) - Effective July 01, 2019

Resolution Relating to Non-Architectural or Engineering Professional Services - Effective July 01, 2019

Resolution Relating to Non-Competitive Procurements - Effective July 01, 2019

Debarred and Suspended Persons or Businesses