All licensed contractors in the State of Washington must have a valid surety bond. The bond amount for the General Contractor is $12,000 while the Special Contractor requires $6,000. Effective July 1, 2022, Washington contractors doing plumbing work are required to be licensed as a plumbing contractor due to a new licensing category put into place by the Washington Legislature. A general contractor is someone who can perform or supervise numerous building trades or crafts while a specialty contractor can perform one building trade or craft. Surety1 represents several markets that write this type of bond. The cost of this surety bond varies depending on credit.
What are the steps to getting a Contractor’s License in Washington?
If you are applying as a new business:
- Determine your business structure
- Register with the Washington Secretary of State. The fee for registering is about $180
- Complete an online Business Application
- Get your IRS Employer ID #
- Prepare the following documents: Completed Application for Contractor (notarized), evidence of surety bond, evidence of general liability insurance coverage ($50,000 property damage policy and $200,000 public liability policy or $250,000 combined single limit policy) .
How do I obtain a Contractors License Bond?
At Surety1 we make it easy to apply for your Washington Contractors License Bond. Simply complete our easy to navigate online application and within one business day, one of our licensed agents will contact you with a no-obligation quote for your bond (the “premium”). Once any necessary paperwork is signed and the premium payment is processed, your surety bond will be shipped to you via USPS Priority Mail or UPS Ground Shipping. (overnight shipping options also available).
The surety bond experts at Surety1 are here to help you get bonded quickly and reliably. We work with over a dozen “A” rated surety markets to ensure we find you the lowest rate for your bond. We are also licensed in all 50 states and maintain an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau.