Wisconsin Contractor License Bonds
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How much does a Wisconsin contractor license bond cost?
Wisconsin contractor license bond costs start at $100 annually. Your exact cost will vary depending on your city, your license classification, and your bond amount. Some cities require their contractor bonds expire on the same day annually, so your personal premium will be based on when you purchase your bond.
How do you get a Wisconsin contractor license bond?
You can purchase your Wisconsin contractor license bond online 24/7. Simply select the contractor bond required for your license from the dropdown above or the table below. Bond form information requirements vary by city, but you typically need to provide your contractor or construction company name, physical business address, and license type for filing approval. Once your order is processed, your bonding confirmation will be sent to your email.
How fast can I get a contractor bond?
Our industry-leading technology and expert customer service team allow us to deliver your official Wisconsin licensed contractor bond faster than any other surety provider. SuretyBonds.com offers digital delivery for most Wisconsin surety bonds. Orders placed by 4 PM CST Monday-Friday are typically processed with same-day emailed bond delivery. If your city 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 Wisconsin contractors license bond requirements, call 1(800)308-4358 to speak with a friendly surety expert. We're here to guide you through the construction bond process so you can get back to running your business.
What is a Wisconsin contractor bond?
“Wisconsin contractor license bond” is a general term for the various surety bonds required to become a licensed contractor with the state or in certain cities. Each bond form outlines its own terms, but they generally require contractors to work according to state or city laws that regulate construction work. They're used to protect the licensing authority and consumers from losses resulting from contractor noncompliance.
Why are Wisconsin contractor license bonds required?
By filing a surety bond, a licensed contractor agrees to complete their construction work according to any applicable state or city laws. If they fail to do so, the issuing surety company will pay valid claims to harmed individuals up to the full bond amount. The contractor must then reimburse the surety company for all damages paid.
Who regulates licensing for contractors?
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services enforces contractor licensing requirements at the state level. If you have questions about Wisconsin surety bond requirements, licensing rules, or the status of your contractor license, you can call the board at 1(608)266-2112.
Some city licensing departments also enforce their own additional contractor license and bond requirements. If you have questions about local construction contractor licensing, contact your local government office.
Does Wisconsin require a contractor license?
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services requires state level licensing for individuals who perform electrical, elevator, HVAC, utility, or dwelling contractor work. Wisconsin only requires state level bonding for individuals who perform dwelling contractor work.
If you work in one of the cities listed below, you must file an additional bond with the city directly for local construction contractor permit compliance. If you need a surety bond for a city not listed, call 1(800)308-4358.
- La Crosse
- West Allis
Need a surety bond for a construction project in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin contractor bonds fulfill a licensing requirement. 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 Wisconsin, we also offer contractor license bonds nationwide.
How do I update or change my contractor bond form?
If the state or your city requires you to update information on your bond form, 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 for these bonds are updates to match your professional licensing paperwork, including:
- contractor or construction company's name
- business address
- license number
- license type
How do I renew my contractor bond?
You must renew your Wisconsin surety bond before its current term expires to keep it active for the duration of your construction contractor license. Once you pay your SuretyBonds.com renewal invoice, renewal instructions will be emailed to you to keep your bond active for your next license term.
How do I get a Wisconsin contractor license?
You'll need to do the following to apply for your state license.
- Determine which license you need: dwelling, electrical, elevator, HVAC, or utility.
- Submit a completed application.
- Pay the application and credential fees.
- Purchase and file a surety bond, if applicable.
- Purchase worker’s compensation insurance or unemployment insurance, if applicable.
City contractor licensing requirements vary, but you'll be required to submit an application packet and surety bond before receiving your contractor license.
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services: Dwelling Contractor Qualifier
Elkhorn: Residential Building Permit Information
Kenosha: Permit Codes and Information
La Crosse: Permits and Licenses
Madison: Plumbers and Contractors
Milwaukee: Licensed Contractors
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