FAQs

A. Vehicles (HCSO vehicles or vehicles seized during crimes) may be auctioned throughout the fiscal year. For further information concerning time and location of auctions, call Tampa Machinery Auction at (813) 986-2485.

B. Livestock which has been abandoned, or seized, may be auctioned throughout the fiscal year. Information on these auctions is advertised in the legal section of the local newspaper.

C. Miscellaneous abandoned personal property and unclaimed evidence items may be auctioned several times during the fiscal year. For further information concerning time and location of auctions, call Tampa Liquidation Center at (813) 671-9900.
Vendors should complete the Vendor Packet and return it to the HCSO Purchasing Section via email or fax. Include applicable Commodity Codes to assist the Purchasing Section in identifying your business for future sources of goods or services.
No, the HCSO is a separate agency from Hillsborough County. You must complete and submit a Vendor Packet to register with the HCSO.
Yes, HCSO is exempt from all state sales, use, transportation, and excise taxes. The HCSO will issue an exemption certificate or provide the Federal Tax ID Number upon requested. The Federal Tax ID appears on all HCSO purchase orders.
The HCSO uses several types of competitive solicitations: Invitation to Bid (ITB), Request for Proposals (RFP) and Request for Professional Services (RPS): Collectively known as solicitations, these are used to obtain goods or services with an annual spend of equal to or greater than $25,000 which are purchased through a publicly advertised, competitive, sealed Bid process. All solicitation responses are opened publicly at a specified date, time, and place. All current HCSO solicitations can be found at our Bid Lists page, Request for Quotations (RFQ) are used to solicit goods or services with an anticipated annual spend of less than $25,000.
HCSO solicitation results are posted at under our awarded bids. Additional information not found on the website may be requested through a Public Records Request.