Ohio Contractor License Bonds

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How much does a contractor bond cost in Ohio?

Various cities, counties, and local authorities throughout the State of Ohio require contractors to post surety bonds. Below are the set bond amounts for popular contractor bonds:

  • City of Cleveland Contractor Bond: $25,000
  • City of Columbus Contractor Bond: $25,000
  • City of Cincinnati Contractor License Bond: $10,000
  • Cleveland Master Plumber’s Bond: $25,000
  • Summit County Contractor Registration Bond: $10,000
  • Fairfield County Contractor Registration Bond: $10,000

The surety company issuing the bond determines your premium rate, which is the percentage of the total bond amount you pay as the premium. During the application process, the surety company evaluates your personal credit, financial statements, industry experience, and licensing history. 

EZ Surety can issue premiums for Ohio contractor license bonds for as low as 1% of the total bond amount for applicants with standard credit. If your credit is below average, we can still offer a competitive rate for your contractors license bond.

Why are contractor bonds important in Ohio?

Contractor license bonds hold licensed contractors accountable for the quality of their work and protect the public from damages they’ve incurred due to the contractor’s violation of licensing laws.

When the surety company issues the bond, they provide a financial guarantee to the local municipality that the contractor will comply with the regulations set forth in the contractor license. If the contractor violates these regulations, causing a loss to the consumer, the consumer can file a claim against the bond.

If the claim is valid, the surety company will cover the costs to repair the damage up to the amount of the bond. The contractor is then liable to reimburse the surety company for all damages paid.

How do I get my general contractor’s license in Ohio?

The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board only requires HVAC contractors, electricians, plumbers, hydronic technicians, and refrigeration installers to be licensed at the state level. 

You’ll need to check with your local municipality for any licensing requirements for general contractors. Below are some common requirements for getting local contractor licenses throughout the State of Ohio:

  • Complete the license application form
  • Provide proof of general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance
  • Register your business with the Ohio Secretary of State
  • Pay all application and license fees
  • Post any required surety bonds

Here are some resources you can use to learn more about the specific requirements in your jurisdiction.