Colorado Contractor License Bond

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What is a Colorado contractor license bond?

The state of Colorado requires some contractors to obtain a bond as part of the licensing process. The type of bond and amount needed may vary depending on the specific work. The following contractors may need to secure a surety bond to work in cities like Denver, Aurora, Colorado Springs, and Arvada:

  • Sewer contractors
  • Sidewalk contractors
  • Structural contractors
  • Paving contractors
  • Special contractors

Colorado contractor license bonds ensure contractors act as legally compliant professionals, following all rules and regulations regarding building codes, taxes, etc. If a contractor breaks the law, the surety bond helps protects parties that suffer harm or experience devastating financial effects as a result.

Colorado contractor license bonds are contracts between three entities: 

  • The contracted company (the principal)
  • The city requiring the bond for the work taking place in their area (the obligee)
  • An organization taking on the responsibility for incidents that may occur (the surety)

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

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Colorado Contractor License Bond Requirements

A Colorado contractor license is issued for a one-year term and must be renewed annually. Be sure to note the date of issuance and read the fine print to ensure coverage doesn’t lapse on multi-year projects. Many contractors can get their license bonds for as low as 1% of the total bond amount.

If you plan to operate your business in any of the following cities in Colorado, you may need a surety bond first. Check with your local governing organization (or contact ZipBonds) to know for sure. Here are the types of license bonds and amounts required for each location.

  • Arvada municipal contractor bond: $20,000
  • Aurora contractor license bond: $10,000
  • Colorado Springs concrete contractor bond: $5,000
  • Denver sidewalk contractor bond: $10,000
  • Denver structural contractor bond: $25,000
  • Denver sewer contractor bond: $50,000
  • Denver general contractor bond: $50,000
  • Denver paving contractor bond: $50,000
  • Denver water service contractor bond: $5,000
  • Denver special contractor license bond: $10,000
  • Englewood concrete contractor bond: $5,000

You may also need contractor license bonds in Denver County, Pueblo, Trinidad, and Fort Collins.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unlike many states, Colorado doesn’t require general contractor licensing at the state level. However, contractors must be licensed to work in most municipalities. In some municipalities, you may need a contractor license bond to get your license.

You can find contractor license applications through your city’s planning, zoning, and development website pages or staff. When you apply for your business license, your licensing authority will let you know if you need a contractor license bond to complete the process.

Right-of-way licenses are often required for construction projects occurring on public property. You can learn about City and County of Denver requirements on If you need a statewide perspective, you can visit the Colorado Contractors Association website.

Get Your Contractor License Bond in Colorado

ZipBonds is the fastest and most secure option for getting bonded. Our all-digital platform is intuitive and straightforward. Apply for your contractor license bond online, email, or call 888.435.4191 to speak with an agent directly.



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