City of Fort Collins Contractor License Bond

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Who needs a contractor license bond in Fort Collins?

A $20,000 right-of-way contractor license bond is required in Fort Collins, Colorado, for any contractor performing work in a public right of way. Contractors in Fort Collins may also need an endorsement bond if performing work that falls into any of the following categories:

  • Asphalt: Paving, patching, slurry seal, chip seal, crack seal, and similar asphalt-related work
  • Utility: Work on any utility owned or planned to be owned, operated, or maintained by Fort Collins; or any utility that will connect to and become a part of the city-owned utility
  • Nonstructural Concrete: Constructing curbs, gutters, sidewalks, cross-pans, tricklepans, and other nonstructural concrete work

A $10,000 endorsement bond is required for every endorsement added to the right-of-way contractor license bond.

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How does a contractor license bond work?

A surety bond is a three-way agreement between the principal (the contractor applying for a right-of-way contractor’s license), the obligee (the City of Fort Collins Engineering Department), and the surety (company financially backing the bond). 

A surety bond is not an insurance policy for the principal. Instead, it protects the obligee from financial liability due to the principal’s misconduct or negligence (if applicable). This bond ensures the contractor agrees to follow all laws, rules, codes, and regulations set forth by the City of Fort Collins. The Fort Collins Code Sec. 15-367 details this information.

Contractors pay a premium – a small percentage of the bond amount – to obtain their bond. Many contractors in Fort Collins pay as little as 1% for their premium, or $100, annually. You can check out our page on contractor license bonds in Colorado for more information.

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