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How much does a Nebraska contractor bond cost?
Many Nebraska contractor bonds cost $100 and are issued instantly for a one-year term. However, there are a few exceptions, like the Nebraska farm labor contractor bond, which is subject to underwriting.
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Omaha, Nebraska contractor license bonds
The City of Omaha Planning Department, Permits and Inspections Division requires contractors to post a $10,000 surety bond and electrical contractors to post a $12,500 contractor license bond to obtain a license. Residential and commercial air conditioning contractors in Omaha must both obtain a $10,000 contractor bond. Farm labor contractors must have a $5,000 bond as required by the Nebraska Commissioner of Labor.
Omaha requires contractors to be licensed and bonded to protect the city and its residents from harm caused by the contractor’s failure to adhere to the terms established by the bond. The following are the license classifications for which applicants can apply:
- Class A - contractors who can work on all structures, up to and including high-rise buildings
- Class B - contractors who can work on all structures up to 4 stories tall
- Class C - contractors who work on homes and duplex buildings
- Class D - contractors who do residential remodeling
- Class E - contractors who do roofing, siding, window, and deck installations
How to become an Omaha contractor
Once bonded, a contractor can apply for a license with the city, which will be valid for three years. To get licensed, a contractor must meet the following requirements:
- Pass the licensing examination by scoring a 70% or higher.
Master electricians must pass with a minimum score of 75%
More information can be found on the National Contractor/Trades Examination Information Bulletin
- Apply for the appropriate license class
- Pay the required licensing fee for each classification:
$300 for classes A and B
$200 for classes C and E (without ICC test)
$100 for classes E (with ICC test)
- Obtain the proper insurance for your license classification:
$1,000,000 for classes A and B
$500,000 for class C
$300,000 for Classes D and E
For more licensing information, visit the city of Omaha’s Planning Department, Permits and Inspections Division website.
How to become an Omaha air conditioning contractor
Air conditioning and air distribution contractors, also called ACAD contractors, can get licensed for either commercial or residential work. To become a licensed air conditioning contractor in Omaha, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Applicants must meet an experience requirement:
Eight or more years experience in the installation of ACAD systems; or
Four or more years experience in the installation of ACAD systems employed by a licensed master ACAD contractor after obtaining a journeyman ACAD technician license from the City of Omaha; or
Four or more years experience in the installation of ACAD systems employed by a licensed master ACAD contractor after obtaining a journeyman ACAD technician license from another city with requirements equal to the City of Omaha
- Successfully pass a licensing examination.
Visit the exam information pages to learn more about testing for commercial air conditioning and residential air conditioning.
- Pay the applicable required fee per section 40-43.
- Post proof of a bond and insurance per section 40-32.
Additional requirements for these licenses can be viewed on the Omaha license requirements page.
How to become a Lincoln contractor
This building and safety bond is required for all development services such as health, planning, transportation, and utilities, along with urban development, to promote safe construction in the community.
- Apply for the necessary permit(s).
To determine the correct permit, visit the City of Lincoln’s Building Safety application forms.
- Schedule an inspection
Prior to the inspection date, you must have the following information prepared: permit number, IVR inspection code for requested inspection type (To access the IVR system, the inspection line is (402) 441-5999, available 24 hours a day), a device to record your confirmation number
The deadline for requesting this inspection to occur within the same day is 7:30 AM.
You can also schedule an inspection with SelecTXT by texting "Hello" to 888-405-9508 or by visiting Citizen Access.
Nebraska farm labor contractor bonds
The farm labor contractor bond is required by the Commissioner of Labor in the amount of $5,000. This bond is put in place to ensure that the principal (farm labor contractor) adheres to the provisions of the Farm Labor Contractors Act. Specifically, this bond guarantees that the principal will comply with the following provisions:
- Pay all sums due on employee wage claims.
- Pay all sums due to grower or producer of agricultural commodities for advances made to, or on behalf of, the contractor.
- Complies with all terms, conditions, provisions, and requirements of Sections 48-1701 through 48-1714 of the Compiled Statutes of Nebraska.
Nebraska farm labor contractor bonds and licenses expire annually on March 31 and cannot be terminated during the term.
How to become a Nebraska farm labor contractor
After being bonded, contractors can become licensed to work as farm labor contractors in the state. To become licensed, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Demonstrate good character, competence, and reliability
- Have never been denied a farm labor contractor’s license or permit or had a certificate denied, revoked, or suspended in Nebraska or any other jurisdiction in the previous three years
- Pay all required fees
- Show proof of financial ability to promptly pay the wages of employees and advances made by farmers, owners, or lessees of land intended for crop production
For more information about licensing requirements for farm labor contractors, visit the Nebraska Department of Labor website.