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California Utility Bond

How much does a utility bond cost in California?

Some California utility companies require customers to post surety bonds in lieu of cash deposits before utility services can begin. The required amount of these bonds is determined on a case-by-case basis, and applicants should verify their required amount of bond coverage prior to bonding.

Our experts have issued the bonds in the below table before, but we can help you with bonds for other utility companies not listed. If you have your surety bond form and know your required bond amount, we can help you get the utility bond you need quickly, easily and accurately.

These bonds are subject to underwriting, so the price you’ll pay for your bond depends on both your required bond amount and a review of your personal credit report. Find out exactly how much you’ll pay for your bond by requesting your free bond quote now!

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost*
Varies Southern California Edison Company Bond Varies Starts at 1% Apply Now
Varies San Diego Gas and Electric Bond Varies Starts at 1% Apply Now
Varies Pacific Gas and Electric Company Bond Varies Starts at 1% Apply Now
Varies Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Bond Varies Starts at 1% Apply Now

We can provide your free, no-obligation surety bond quote within just 1 business day of submitting your application. Call 1 (800) 308-4358 or click here to get started!

Why do I need this bond?

Utility bonds are financial guarantees that customers of utility companies will pay their utility bills on time and in full. If the principal (customer) fails to adhere to the terms of the bond agreement and falls behind on payments, the bond protects the utility company from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal, in turn, must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.

Ready to purchase your California utility bond? Connect with a surety bond expert who will walk you through our fast and easy bonding process.

Want to do some more research? You can read more about utility bonds here.

What’s the fine print?

Pacific Gas and Electric Company surety bonds remain in effect until:

  • the applicant’s utility service accounts are closed, OR
  • the applicant establishes credit pursuant to Rule No. 6, OR
  • the company receives written notice of the bond’s termination AND 20 days pass from the time the notice is received

San Diego Gas and Electric surety bonds remain in full force and effect until terminated by the surety. The surety can cancel the bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the company via registered or certified mail (return receipt requested) specifying the effective date of cancellation, which must be at least 30 days after the notice is received.

Southern California Edison Company bonds can be canceled by either the company or the surety by written notice of cancellation served by certified mail or registered mail (return receipt requested) to the other party. The notice should indicate the effective cancellation date, which cannot be less than 30 days after the postmarked date of the notice.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power bonds can be terminated by the principal or surety by sending written notice via certified mail to the City Attorney in Los Angeles, California. Termination/cancellation becomes effective 30 days after the receipt of said notice. These bond forms and all signatures on them must be acknowledged by a notary public.

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

San Diego Gas and Electric

Southern California Edison

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