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California Grading Bond

How much does a grading bond cost in California?

Grading bonds are somewhat unique in that they are required by specific cities and counties, rather than the state. Therefore, while all grading bonds are subject to some degree of underwriting, there is no one set of information required for underwriting all grading bonds due to the fact that each form contains its own unique language and risks. For example, a grading bond in one city may be based solely on the applicant’s credit score, while another may require the applicant to provide financials, a description of the work, an estimate of the work, etc.

Because the amount of the bond varies so greatly, the best way to find out exactly how much you’ll pay for your California grading bond is to request your free surety bond quote now!

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost by Credit Score*
680 and up 679 - 600 599 or lower
Beverly Hills Grading Permit Bond Varies Starts at 1% 4-8% 10%+ Apply Now
Escondido Grading Permit Bond Varies Starts at 1% 4-8% 10%+ Apply Now
Irvine Grading Bond Varies Starts at 1% 4-8% 10%+ Apply Now
Los Angeles Grading Permit Bond Varies Starts at 1% 4-8% 10%+ Apply Now
City of Mission Viejo Grading Bond Varies Starts at 1% 4-8% 10%+ Apply Now
Riverside Grading and Landscape Improvement Bond Varies Starts at 1% 4-8% 10%+ Apply Now
*The bond premium rate quotes provided to you through this website are for pricing comparisons and quotation estimate purposes only. The bond rate quotes provided are based on general assumptions that may or may not be applicable to you and are subject to change at any time. These rate quotes do not constitute an offer of insurance, nor is any contract, agreement, or bond coverage implied, formed or bound by the provision of rate quotes. Bondability, final bond premium rate quotes and an offer of insurance, if any, will be determined by the insurance company providing your bond. You must contact us directly to obtain a quote for binding purposes.

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Why do I need this bond?

Grading bonds in California are put in place to ensure that principals (contractors) fully comply with all laws, codes, rules and regulations of the city/county in which grading work is being completed. Because these bonds are required by specific cities throughout California, the specific terms of the bond agreements vary, but the contracts are put in place to ensure that principals complete grading and excavation work according to code. If the principal fails to do so, the bond protects the city and/or any person harmed from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond.

Take the first step toward getting a grading permit in California by purchasing your surety bond!

What’s the fine print?

Although each city has different language and requirements for grading bonds, they all will run concurrent with the period of time until the work is completed. Some also contain a clause stipulating that the principal must complete all required maintenance and abide by all rules and regulations established by the permit for a set length of time after the project’s completion.

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What are the licensing requirements?

For more city-specific licensing information, applicants should refer to the city website in which they are applying for their grading permit.

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