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This document sets out key timescales relating to the main contract award procedures under the Public Contracts Regulations 20015.
The overriding requirement when setting timescales is to allow sufficient time for suppliers to prepare appropriate responses, taking account of the subject of the proposed contract, the contract award procedure to be used and the need, for example, for site visits. The table below sets out the minimum permitted timescales and the maximum permitted reductions. You must also take into consideration the general rules around setting of time limits that are set out at Regulation 47 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
An appropriate time period will also need to be allocated for other aspects of the procurement process, e.g. evaluation of tender responses.