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What types of contractors need bonds to operate legally in Washington, DC?
Contractors who work in the District of Columbia might need to file one or more surety bonds depending on the type of work they do with various entities and the type of license(s) they maintain.
Electricians in D.C. must post surety bonds in varying amounts prior to conducting electrical work. Bond amounts are determined by the Director of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and are based on the volume of electrical work performed by the applicant. Applicants should verify their required bond amount with the department prior to bonding.
Elevator contractors in Washington, D.C., must post $4,000 surety bonds before beginning work on such projects.
Home improvement contractors must post two-year, $25,000 bonds before beginning work on such projects.
Plumbing and gas fitting contractors are required to provide a $5,000 contractor license bond.
Refrigeration and air conditioning contractors need a $5,000 bond before beginning work.
How much does a contractor license bond cost in Washington, D.C.?
Most DC contractor bonds can be bought instantly online through our secure checkout process for either a set premium or at a set rate with a minimum amount. However, $25,000 home improvement contractor bonds are subject to underwriting consideration, meaning a review of the applicant's personal and credit history.
Unlike many parts of the U.S., a number of District of Columbia contractor bonds have a fixed expiration date, which has an impact on the cost of the bond.
For instance, D.C. elevator and electrical contractor bonds expire on November 30th of odd years, so the price you pay will likely be prorated based on the time of year you purchase. In a similar vein, pricing fluctuates by time of year for plumbing/gas fitting bonds and refrigeration/air conditioning bonds as the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs set the expiration date of these bonds for March 31st of even years and September 30th of even years respectively.
Select the bond you need from the list at the top of this page or in the table below. You can also call 1 (800) 308-4358 to speak with a surety expert about your bonding needs.
Electrical contractors, electrical fixture contractors, master electricians, master electrician specialists and special contractors must be bonded prior to performing work in Washington, D.C. The bond ensures that principals (contractors) comply with all bonding and licensing regulations of the district, including any amendments made to all existing rules, regulations and orders of the mayor and all laws of the district relating to electrical work. If the principal fails to comply with these terms, the bond protects the district or any person who suffers damages up to the full amount of the bond.
The surety can terminate its liability under the bond by giving written notice of termination either personally or via registered mail to both the principal and the district at least 30 days prior to the effective termination date.
These bonds expire on November 30 of every odd year, so your bond premium could be prorated depending on when you buy it. Our team of surety experts works hard to get you bonded according to your specific needs.
Qualified applicants could pay just $100 for their Washington, D.C., electrician bond. Purchase your bond online today!
Elevator Contractor Bond
Elevator contractors in Washington, D.C. must post $4,000 surety bonds prior to working in the district. By posting this bond, principals (contractors) agree to strictly comply with the elevator bonding and licensing regulations of the district, including completing all construction work according to code. If the principal fails to comply with these terms, the bond protects the state and any person harmed by the principal’s actions from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond.
These bonds remain in full force and effect through November 30 of odd years. These bonds have a set expiration date, so your bond premium could be prorated depending on when you buy it. Our team of surety experts works hard to get you bonded according to your specific needs.
Washington, D.C., elevator contractor bonds can be issued quickly and easily for as low as $100. Get bonded through our secure online checkout!
Home Improvement Bond
Home improvement contractors must post $25,000 surety bonds prior to completing construction work in Washington, D.C. By posting this bond, principals (contractors) pledge to comply with the provisions of the Acts of Congress approved July 1, 1932 (47 Stat. 55 as amended) and all applicable home improvement business regulations. Specifically, these bonds ensure that principals pay all damages suffered by any person as a result of the principal’s violations of these terms.
These bonds remain valid for a 2-year term.
The price you’ll pay for a home improvement contractor bond in Washington, D.C., is based on a review of your personal credit report. Apply now to receive your fast and free quote!