Tender and award periods

Tender period

The tender period is the period within which a tenderer’s tender must be received.

The period begins

  • in the open procedure with the sending of the notice to the Publications Office (upper threshold range) or when the notice is available for the first time (lower threshold range),
  • in other procedures with the sending of the invitation to submit tenders.


In general, these rules also apply to entrepreneurs from EU Member States in Austria.

Certain minimum statutory deadlines must be observed (deviations are possible in exceptional cases!), which depend on

  • the type of procedure,
  • the estimated contract value,
  • whether prior information was published beforehand,
  • the use of electronic media (non-use can extend the minimum deadline by five days) or
  • urgency.

Award period

The award period begins when the tender period expires. The contract is to be awarded during this period, which is to be kept short. The award period may not exceed five months (by way of exception up to seven months). If no award period is indicated in the call for tenders, it is one month. The award period can be extended in some cases.

  • At the request of the contracting entity, a tenderer can extend the binding effect of his/her tender.
  • At the request of a tenderer, the contracting authority can release him/her from the commitment to his/her tender – the condition is that their tender is not eligible for a contract award.


The tenderer is bound to his/her tender during the award period.

Please note

The regulations apply to the traditional area of procurement procedures (contracting authorities). The (slightly) different provisions for the sectoral area and the awarding of concessions are therefore not set out.


Further information on tenders and award procedures can also be found at USP.gv.at.

Legal Basis

Bundesvergabegesetz 2018 (BVergG 2018)

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 1 January 2023

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of Justice

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