In July of 2015, Oregon Governor Kate Brown approved Senate Bill 580, which revised the surety bond requirements for landscape contractors in the state. Previously, all landscaping contractors were required to post a $15,000 license bond if the landscaping project cost more than $25,000. The new terms have dedicated tiers per project amount and specifications.
Below is a list of all the new bond requirements for landscape contractors in Oregon, effective January 1, 2016:
- $10,000 bond for landscaping contractors who construct fences, decks, arbors, walkways, patios, driveways or retaining wells
- $10,000 bond for contractors who charge more than $10,000 but less than $25,000 for project completion
- $15,000 bond for contractors who charge more than $25,000 but less than $50,000 for project completion
- $20,000 bond for contractors who charge more than $50,000 for project completion
The State Landscape Contractors Board requires this bond. In order for an individual to apply to become a landscape contractor in the state of Oregon, he or she must be able to show proof of having posted a surety bond in the appropriate amount.
If a contractor fails to adhere to the terms of the bond or commits unlawful business practices, consumers have the right to file a claim on the bond. This could include negligent or improper work, or a breach in an oral or written contract.
Further information regarding amended bonding regulations for Oregon landscape contractors can be found in Section 13 of the Oregon Revised Statutes 671.690. Note again that the above are not effective until January 1, 2016.