(1) A council that decides to use the selective tendering method referred to in clause 166 (b) for allocating a particular proposed contract must publish in the relevant newspapers an advertisement inviting applications from persons interested in tendering for the proposed contract.
(2) Every such advertisement must include:(a) a brief description of the work, goods, facilities, services or property concerned, and(b) the name of a person to whom requests for information concerning the proposed contract may be addressed and how the person can be contacted, and(c) the deadline for submitting applications.The deadline must be a specified time on a date that is at least 21 days after the date of publication or first publication of the advertisement.
(3) A council must consider all applications made in response to such an advertisement and, in so doing, must take into account:(a) the experience of the applicants in fulfilling the requirements of similar contracts, and(b) the capacity of the applicants to fulfil the requirements of the proposed contract.
(4) After considering the applications, the council may either:(a) send invitations in writing to all applicants, or such of them as the council thinks will be able to fulfil the requirements of the proposed contract, to tender for the proposed contract, or(b) decline to invite tenders from any of the applicants.
(5) In inviting tenders from applicants, the council must:(a) invite them to submit tenders to the council by the deadline specified in the invitations, and(b) give details of where and when tender documents relating to the proposed contract can be obtained and the purchase price of those documents.The deadline must be a specified time on a date that is at least 21 days after the date of the invitation.
(6) The tender documents relating to the proposed contract must comply with clause 170.