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Ohio Cleveland Contractor Bond

Cost: $125 / 1 year term
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How much does a contractor license bond cost in Cleveland?

The Cleveland general contractor license bond costs $125 annually. The city requires these bonds expire annually on December 31st, so your exact premium will vary depending on when you purchase your general contractor surety bond.

How do I get a Cleveland Ohio contractor bond?

You can purchase your Cleveland Ohio contractor surety bond online 24/7. You'll need to provide your licensed contractor name and address for Department of Building and Housing filing approval. Once your payment has been processed, your official contractor license bond will be emailed to you instantly.

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Bond Type
$25,000City of Cleveland Contractor Bond

What is a Cleveland Ohio contractor bond?

Cleveland Codified Ordinances require individuals file a $25,000 surety bond amount before they can be contracted to construct, alter, repair, add to, subtract from, reconstruct, or remodel buildings and structures in the city. This bond is also known as the "Cleveland Ohio general contractor bond," "Cleveland Ohio contractor license bond," "Cleveland general contractor bond," or "Cleveland contractor license bond."

Why do you need a Cleveland contractor bond?

You need this surety bond to be licensed as a general contractor to perform construction work in the city. By filing this Ohio contractor license bond you agree to comply with the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland when working under your general contractor license. If you fail to do so, your issuing surety company will pay valid claims to harmed individuals up to your full $25,000 surety bond amount, which you must reimburse. 

This specific bond form is for the city's general contractor work, but the city also requires other bond forms for other contractor license types, including sewer, sidewalk, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and demolition. 

Who regulates contractor licensing for Cleveland? 

The Cleveland Ohio Department of Building and Housing enforces licensing requirements for the city's contractors. You can contact the Department by calling 1(216)664-3618 or submitting an online contact form.

The Cleveland Ohio Department of Building and Housing requires this bond for general contractor licensing. If you work as a contractor in other cities, we also offer other Ohio contractor license bond types across the state.

How do I change or update my contractor bond form?

If the Cleveland Ohio Department of Building and Housing requires your contractor license bond form to be updated, contact your surety company. If you purchased your general contractor bond from, email [email protected] to explain the needed change. The most common changes requested are updating your name or address to match your existing general contractor license or new contractor registration paperwork.

How do I renew my City of Cleveland contractor bond?

You'll need to renew your general contractor bond before its current term expires on December 31st as required by city law. Once you pay your renewal invoice, instructions will be provided to keep your Cleveland contractor surety bond active for your next general contractor license term.

How do you become a licensed contractor in the City of Cleveland?

To become a general licensed contractor in Cleveland Ohio, you must complete the General Contractor Registration Application and provide the following materials. 

  • bond form
  • certificate of insurance
  • insurance endorsement 
  • demolition contractor registration
  • names and signatures from authorized personnel
  • articles of incorporation copy that includes the Ohio state seal (corporations only)

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