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How much does a contractor license bond cost in North Carolina?

North Carolina contractor license bond costs start at $100 annually. Your exact cost will vary depending on your license classification and its required bond amount. A few state contractor license types require a quick application review to determine pricing. Most bonds required by cities and counties cost $100 annually for all applicants.

How do you get your North Carolina contractor license bond?

You can purchase most North Carolina contractor license bonds online 24/7. Choose your license classification construction bond from the dropdown above or the table below. Information required for bond filing approval depends on your licensing authority, but you typically need to provide your contractor or construction company name, physical business address, and license type. Once your order is processed, your North Carolina contractor bond confirmation will be emailed to you. 

How fast can I get a construction contractor surety bond?

Our industry-leading technology and responsive customer service team allow us to deliver your official North Carolina contractor license bond faster than any other surety provider. SuretyBonds.com offers emailed document delivery for most North Carolina contractor license bonds. Orders placed by 4 PM CST Monday-Friday are typically processed with same-day emailed delivery. If your licensing authority requires your official bond be physically issued and delivered to you, we'll ship it to your preferred mailing address.

If you have questions about North Carolina contractor bond requirements, call 1(800)308-4358 to speak with a friendly surety expert. We're here to guide you through the contractor bond process so you can get back to running your business.

Bond Type
$10,000Irrigation Contractors' Licensing Board Irrigation Contractor Bond
$10,000Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board Landscape Contractor Bond
$5,000-$150,000Licensing Board for General Contractors Contractor License Bond
$150,001-$1,000,000Licensing Board for General Contractors Contractor License Bond
$5,000Manufactured Housing Board Modular Building Set-up Contractor License Bond
$10,000Manufactured Housing Board Manufactured Home Set-Up Contractor Bond
$50,000State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Intermediate Electrical Contractor Statement of Bonding Ability
$60,000State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Intermediate Electrical Contractor Statement of Bonding Ability
$150,001State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Unlimited Electrical Contractor Statement of Bonding Ability
$2,000City of Greensboro Contractor BondElectrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Refrigeration, HVAC, Concrete
$5,000City of Greensboro Contractor BondDemolition, Grading, House Moving
$5,000City of Raleigh Contractor Bond for Work in Public Streets
$2,500City of Winston-Salem Contractor BondElectrical, Heating, or Plumbing
$5,000City of Winston-Salem Contractor BondConcrete
$25,000City of Winston-Salem Street, Bridge, and Sidewalk Contractor Bond
$5,000Town of Kitty Hawk Contractor Bond
$5,000Town of Southern Shores Contractor Bond
$1,000-$100,000Gaston County Contractor Bond
$1,000Mecklenburg County Land Use and Construction BondMecklenburg County Only
$2,000Mecklenburg County Land Use and Construction BondMecklenburg County and City of Charlotte

What is a North Carolina contractor license bond?

North Carolina contractor license bond” is a generic term for various surety bonds required for state, city, or county contractor licensing. Individual surety bond requirements vary depending on the licensing authority and license classification enforced at the city, county, or state level. Regardless of the exact bond form, these bonds generally require contractors to work and complete projects according to any applicable state, city, or county laws.

North Carolina Provision 21 NCAC 12A .0204 requires general contractors file a surety bond if they cannot provide proof of working capital. The North Carolina Irrigation Contractors' Licensing Board enforces its own specific North Carolina irrigation contractor bond while the North Carolina Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board enforces its own specific North Carolina landscape contractor bond.

Why are contractor bonds required in North Carolina? 

North Carolina contractor bonds are required for licensing. By filing a bond, an individual agrees to follow any laws that regulate construction contractor licensing. If they fail to do so, the issuing surety company will pay valid claims to harmed parties up to the full bond amount. The contractor must then reimburse their surety company for all claims paid.  

Who regulates licensing for contractors in North Carolina? 

Different government agencies regulate contractor licensing at the state level. The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors enforces licensing requirements for general contractors. You can contact the general contractor board by calling 1(919)571-4183, emailing [email protected], or mailing documents. 

North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
5400 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, NC 27612

For information on local licensing requirements, contact your city or county's licensing office. 

Who is required to have a North Carolina contractor license bond? 

Contractors who work in the following trades must purchase and file a North Carolina surety bond before getting a state contractor license from their respective North Carolina board. 

  • electrical contractor
  • irrigation contractor
  • landscape contractor
  • manufactured home set-up contractor
  • modular building set-up contractor

If you work in one of the following cities or counties, you must file an additional bond with them directly before receiving your local contractor license. If you need a surety bond for a city or county not listed below, call 1(800)308-4358

Need a surety bond for a construction project in North Carolina?

North Carolina contractor bonds are required for licensing compliance. If you need a surety bond before you can begin work on an individual contracted project, you might need a bid bond, payment bond, performance bond, or other type of contract bond. If you work in states other than North Carolina, we also offer contractor license bonds nationwide.

How do I update or change my contractor license bond form? 

If your licensing authority requires your bond documentation to be updated for any reason, contact your surety provider. If you purchased your bond from SuretyBonds.com, email [email protected] to explain the needed change. The most common changes requested are the contractor/construction company's name, address, or license type. 

Do you need to renew a North Carolina contractor license bond?

You must renew your North Carolina surety bond before its current term expires to maintain your active contractor license with your licensing authority. If SuretyBonds.com manages your contractor bond, we'll email you renewal instructions after you pay your renewal invoice.

How do you get your contractor’s license in North Carolina?

License application instructions vary depending on your license classification and the agency that regulates it. To apply for a general contractor license in North Carolina, you must do the following. 

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Provide proof that you have a honest personality.
  3. Show ability to manage finances.
  4. Pass all required exams.
  5. Fill out the online application.
  6. Pay the application fee.

If you need a contractor license to work in a particular city or county, contact your local government agency to verify their license application and bond amount requirements.

Call 1 (800) 308-4358 to talk with a Surety Expert