Independent Contractors

Independent Contractor Defined: An individual or entity that performs a specific service for the UC based on a set price, pursuant to a scope of work and deliverables set by the UC.

Email Lynn Tran at regarding any services over $100,000 as they may require competition by law.

Examples of Independent Contractor services:

  • Secretarial, drafting, technical editing, and technical appraisals
  • Medicine and medical arts, architectural and engineering services
  • Printing services, translation, and web design

How to hire an Independent Contractor:

  1. Use the following form in BearBUY: “Independent Contractor and Consultant Services”.
  2. The unit should attach the following required PO Documents to the Form as directed in BearBUY:
    • Required documents from the Department:
    • Required documents from the Supplier:
      • Insurance
      • Conflict of Interest
      • Supplier’s proposal
      • New Suppliers/Individual Supplier wishing to do business with UC Berkeley must complete supplier onboarding. To initiate this process, please send an email to that includes the following information about the vendor: name/business name, email address, and whether or not the business/individual is based in the U.S./a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The vendor will be sent a supplier onboarding invitation via email with the appropriate link to securely enter their information directly into the BFS portal.
  3. Other Considerations:
    • Services Performed on UC Property: Determine the amount of services that will be performed by the Supplier on campus.
    • See Special Considerations for additional potential issues.

For more information, see Finance Bulletin: BFS-BUS-77 Independent Contractor Guidelines and BFS-BUS-43 Materiel Management