Arkansas Contractor License Bond

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What is an Arkansas contractor license bond?

As required by the Contractors Licensing Board, commercial contractors in Arkansas must obtain a contractor license bond to become licensed in the state. This protects customers by providing a financial backup if a contractor doesn’t complete a project according to state or local codes and regulations.

The following municipalities have additional bonding requirements for certain contractor classifications: 

The bond amount is determined by each individual city and may range from $1,000 and $10,000. The general statewide contractor license bond amount is $10,000. In Benton, a bond for a Heating Contractor is $1,000. And for an Electrical or Plumbing Contractor, it’s $2,000.

Bond requirements in other cities and for other contractor types aren’t fixed. Instead, they depend on an applicant’s personal credit score, business record, financials, and industry experience.

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How much does an Arkansas contractor license bond cost?

Contractors must pay a premium – a percentage of the full bond amount – to obtain their bond. You can expect to pay as little as $100 for a $10,000 contractor license bond if you have an excellent credit score. Even with poor credit, contactors can often obtain a surety bond for a higher premium (possibly up to $1,000). 

Learn more about how contractor license bonds work in our complete guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

The state contractor license bond in Arkansas expires one year from the issue date. You must renew your license bond on or before that date to remain in state compliance. A contractor’s license has the same one-year term as a license bond and also requires renewal.

You can apply directly through the Contractors Licensing Board. Choose a classification and then submit professional references, financial statements, and a statement of professional experience. The final step is an examination administered by the Board. Different license types may require additional steps, so contact your licensing authority for complete information.

Take care to avoid triggering a claim against your bond. If a customer makes a valid complaint, you should settle it before it becomes a claim. Claims will cost a significant amount of time and money and can lead to a contractor’s inability to get bonded again. Contact your local licensing authority to know which laws and regulations apply to you.

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