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How much does a contractor license bond cost in Washington?
Washington State contractor license bond cost depends on bond type and whether the bond is subject to underwriting consideration. Some contractor bonds can be issued instantly and cost as little as $100 without a credit check. Bonds subject to underwriting will cost a percentage of the total bond amount based on a review of the applicant’s credit.
If the bond amount you need is unknown, contact the obligee or party requiring the bond.
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How to get a Washington contractor license
To obtain a Washington contractor license, follow this application process.
- Register your business with the Washington Secretary of State
Register online or call 360-725-0377
Pay the $117.90 application fee
Provide your business structure and contractor classification with the application
- Complete a Business License Application online
Contact the Business Licensing Service for your exact application fee
- Get your Employer ID number
Call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933 or go online
- Fill out a Contractor Registration Application and have it notarized
- Provide the original proof of a Surety Bond and Liability Insurance
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Contact your local insurance agent about Liability Insurance
- Submit application and all accompanying documents to the Labor and Industries Headquarters
Electrical/Telecommunications Contractor Bonds
By posting an electrical/telecommunications contractor surety bond in Washington, principals (electrical/telecommunications contractors) pledge to pay for all labor, including employee benefits and materials furnished or used upon the work, all taxes and contributions due to the state, and all damages sustained by any person, firm, corporation, or other entity that become due to the state as a result of the principal’s failure to complete installations or maintenance in accordance with any applicable ordinance, building code, or regulation of a city or town pursuant to RCW 19.28.010(3). If the principals fails to comply with these terms, the surety will cover resulting damages up to the full bond amount, and the principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.
Applicants must know the business entity type (sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation) when applying for this bond.
Washington electrical/telecommunications contractor bonds remain continuous until canceled by the surety. The surety can cancel the bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the license holder/principal and to the Department of Labor and Industries Electrical Section 45 days prior to the effective cancellation date.
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Contractor License Bonds and Continuous Contractor Bonds
The Washington Contractor’s Registration Act (RCW 18.27) requires electrical, specialty, general and continuous contractors to post surety bonds to legally work within the state. These bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (contractors) do the following:
- Pay all wages and benefits to any person furnishing labor to him or her
- Pay all amounts that become due as a result of the principal’s breach of contract including negligent or improper work in the conduct of contracting business
- Pay any person who furnishes labor or materials or who rents or supplies equipment to the principal
- Pay all taxes and contributions due to the state
- Comply with the rules and regulations of RCW 18.27.040
Continuous contractor bonds in Washington remain continuous until canceled by the surety. The surety can cancel the bond at any time by giving written notice of its intent to cancel to the Director of Labor and Industries. A cancellation or revocation of the bond or withdrawal of the surety from the bond suspends the registration issued to the registrant until a new bond or reinstatement notice has been filed and approved.
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Redmond and Seattle Side Sewer Contractor Bonds
Side sewer contractors in Redmond, Washington, must post a $5,000 surety bond before they are cleared to legally operate. SuretyBonds.com issues these bonds instantly for just $100 — no credit check required.
Side sewer contractors in Seattle, Washington, must post a $30,000 surety bond. These bonds are put in place to indemnify and protect the city and any person who suffers as a result of the principal’s (contractor’s) failure to comply with the obligations of SMC 21.16.060. Specifically, the bond guarantees that the contractor will complete work and conduct business according to code and the rules and regulations of the city and state.
These bonds remain in effect for three years from the effective date. The surety can cancel this bond by giving written notice of cancellation to both the principal and the city via certified mail (return receipt requested) stating the effective cancellation/expiration date. Notice must be received at least 60 days prior to the effective date.
Both the principal’s and the surety’s signatures must be notarized on the surety bond form.
Side sewer contractor bonds in Seattle are subject to underwriting, so the price you’ll pay for your bond depends on a review of your personal credit report. Apply for your free bond quote now!
Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bonds
Level III or Level U fire sprinkler system contractors in Washington must post a $10,000 surety bond. These bonds ensure that principals (contractors) pay all purchasers of fire sprinkler systems with whom the principal has a contract for the principal to install, inspect, maintain or service a fire protection sprinkler system requiring a Level III or Level U state license. If the principal fails to comply with these terms and conduct business lawfully, the bond protects harmed parties from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.
These bonds remain in full force and effect until the date the principal’s license is suspended or canceled, or until 45 days after the surety gives notice of its intent to cancel the bond to both the principal and the Director of Fire Protection Services, whichever is earlier.
SuretyBonds.com issues Washington fire sprinkler system contractor bonds for varying prices depending on a review of each applicant’s personal credit report. Find out exactly how much you’ll pay now!
Farm Labor Contractor Bonds
Washington farm labor contractor bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (contractors) fully comply with the provisions of Chapter 392 of the Laws of 1955, RCW 19.30 and all related rules and regulations. Specifically, the bond guarantees that principals pay all sums legally owed under contract to agricultural employees.
If the principal fails to comply with these terms, the bond protects harmed parties from financial loss up to the full bond amount. The principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.
Farm labor contractor bonds in Washington expire annually on December 31, so your bond premium could be prorated depending on when you buy it. A bond’s premium is prorated when the bond is issued for a term that differs from a standard term. For example, a bond issued on June 1 will cost more if it expires December 31 of the following year than it would if it only ran until December 31 of the current year.
The best way to find out exactly how much you’ll pay for your Washington contractor bond is to request your free, no-obligation bond quote now!