The OPW operates as a centralised service provider of office accommodation for Departments/Agencies who are not charged for the service.  The OPW is the broker in commissioning a wide range of property services from the private sector.  The OPW manages many services, which are not directly funded from its own vote.  The Office also provides specialist professional and technical advice to the Government and to a number of Departments on major refurbishment projects.  These projects include the construction of new buildings, refurbishment of existing buildings, alterations, improvements and repairs, fit outs of new or existing buildings, restoration and conservation of historic properties, landscaping and external works.

The areas of procurement in which OPW is involved include: works, supplies, services (including consultancies).  In many cases the procurement may be part of a larger process such as the acquisition of a property or the provision or fitting out of a building to enable a client provide their services.  This may include capital procurement related to the property acquisition or investment, and flood risk management, event management and the granting of commercial access to and use of State facilities.

It is OPW policy to comply with public procurement guidelines, regulations and Directives.