Many towns and cities require contractors to have a license before they are allowed to work within the city or town boundaries. These usually comes up when it is time to pull a permit for a project. Municipality Contractor ‘s License Bonds are usually very easy to obtain with little underwriting necessary. Most of the bonds are $10,000 or less and can be purchased for an annual fee of $125.00. A larger bond will cost more, but they are still priced competitively.
The bond is not insurance. It offers the principal no added protection. The protection offered by the bond is to the city, town, or municipality that is requiring a surety bond. Should the surety suffer a loss on its bond, it will look to the principal (the contractor) to reimburse it for its loss and loss expenses.
How do I know if I need a bond?
If it is the first time you are working in a particular town or city, the first step would be to check the website of the municipality. For instance, the city of Elgin, IL maintains bond requirements for mechanical and sewer contractors. Muncie Indiana requires a license and $5,000 bond for most contractors working within the city limits. The bond is just one of the requirements in most cases, for instance, to be an electrical contractor in Muncie, you must show: .
- 70% or better test score required.
- 5 yrs. experience required.
- $5,000 Bond required.
- Proof of Liability Insurance in the amount $500,000
- Electrical Contractor License Application
- FEE: $150.00 for New License ($100.00 to Renew)
By using our easy to navigate, online application, The bond will probably be the easiest part of the license process.
How to I get Municipality Contractor ‘s License Bonds?
We offer an easy to use, online application that will only take a few minutes to complete. It is free to apply and there is no obligation to purchase the bond. Next step will be to sign some paperwork and make payment. Then your bond will be delivered USPS priority mail. Overnight shipping is available.
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