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Why do I need a Colorado contractor bond?
Although contractor bonds are required in varying amounts based on the type of license for which an applicant is seeking, all contractor bonds in Colorado are required to ensure contractors complete construction work in accordance with the laws of the city and state, including adhering to all building codes and paying all taxes as they are due. If the contractor fails to comply with applicable rules and regulations, the bond protects the city/state and any individual harmed as a result of the contractor’s noncompliance from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond.
Many Colorado contractor bonds are issued for one-year terms and must be renewed annually. However, applicants should ensure they understand the fine print of their surety bond contracts to avoid a potential lapse in coverage.
How to become a contractor in the State of Colorado
To become a legal contractor in Colorado, an individual must receive a license before practicing in any municipality. Several steps need to be taken before a license can be issued. There are a variety of different contractor licenses required depending on the industry. The different types of contractor licenses that Colorado requires include electrical, plumbing, and a general contractor license.
- Electrical Contractor License: An electrical license has two levels, journeyman and master, that a professional must receive before becoming a practicing professional in Colorado. A journeyman license is received after completing an apprenticeship program and passing the required Electrical Journeyman Exam. A master license is obtained after two years of documented work are completed and the Master Electrician Exam is passed.
- Plumbing Contractor License: License types available include residential, journeyman, and master. Licensed professionals can then register as a plumbing contractor in the State of Colorado. A licensed residential plumber must have two years of documented experience, a licensed journeyman plumber must have four years of documented experience, and a licensed master plumber must have five years of documented experience.
- General Contractor License: This type of contractor license is typically only eligible for work that requires a permit. Some cities in Colorado may also require a business license before a professional conducts services.
Obtain Relevant Paperwork and Pay Licensing Fees
A Colorado contractor application must also be filed before applying to become a contractor. Those applying for a license must file for the respective forms pertaining to the electrical, plumbing, and general contractor licenses. Applications for a general contractor license can be obtained from the office of the municipality where services are being offered.
Before beginning an application, applicants should have the following documents prepared:
- Affidavit of eligibility
- Social Security number (or affidavit if you do not have a Social Security number)
- Name change documentation (if applicable)
- Experience and work history documentation
- Certified transcripts from trade-related and formal education
- An apprentice license with registration as an apprentice with your current company (journeyman only)
- Copy of the license you would like reciprocated (if applying for reciprocity)
- Evidence of compliance with workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation laws
Electrical contractors will pay $120 for a journeyman classification or $140 for a master electrical contractor license. There are three type of plumbing contractor classifications available in Colorado. A residential plumbing contractor license is $100, a journeyman license is $120, and a master plumbing contractor license costs $140. General contractor fees vary and are determined by the municipality in which the license is issued.
Electricians and plumbers must also pass a licensing examination. The Colorado State Board provides letters to all applicants with information on testing locations, fees, and schedules. Applicants can review material for their exams by visiting the Electrical Board and State Plumbing Board websites.