Public Sector Procurement in the UK is governed by several regulations, which set out detailed procedures for the award of high value contracts – those with values equal to or exceeding specific thresholds. Details of these thresholds, which come into effect on 1st January 2022, can be found below and are inclusive of VAT.  
Links to further information about public sector procurement regulations can also be found at the bottom of the page.

Details of current EU thresholds can be found on: EU Public Procurement Thresholds


Public Contracts

Contracts relating to public authorities, which includes government departments, local authorities, and NHS authorities and trusts.  

Supply, services and design contracts Works contractsSocial and other specific services
Central Government£138,760 £5,336,937 £663,540 
Other contracting authorities £213,477 £5,336,937  £663,540 
Small lots £70,778 £884,720 n/a 

Utilities Contracts  

Contracts relating to certain utility companies operating in the energy, water, and transport sectors. 

Supply, services and design contracts Works contractsSocial and other specific services
Utility authorities £426,955 £5,336,937 £884,720 

Defence and Security Public Contracts  

Contracts relating to entities operating in the fields of defence and security. 

Supply, services and design contracts Works contractsSocial and other specific services
Defence and Security authorities £426,955 £5,336,937n/a 

Concession Contracts  

Concessions are contracts for pecuniary interest by means of which one or more contracting authorities, or contracting entities, entrusts the execution of works, or the provision and the management of services, to one or more economic operators.  

Concession Contracts
Authorities£5,336,937 

UK Public Sector Procurement Regulations 

England, Wales and Northern Ireland Scotland
The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 201
The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 The Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016 
The Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 The Concession Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016 
The Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 The Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 


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