Delaware Contractor License Bond

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What is a Delaware contractor license bond?

Contractors in Newark, Wilmington, and New Castle County, as well as non-residential contractors in Delaware, must post a contractor license bond before doing business. Delaware does not require contractors to obtain a surety bond at the state level, so the above local licensing authorities determine bond requirements for contractors.

A bond safeguards a contractor’s customers against potential wrongdoing performed by the contractor throughout the project. It ensures the contractor abides by local and state regulations governing the trade. 

A contractor license bond is a three-party agreement between a principal, an obligee, and a surety.

  • The contractor is the principal that needs the bond.
  • The authority requiring the bond is the obligee.
  • The surety issues the bond and backs it financially.

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

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Delaware Contractor License Bond Requirements and Costs

A contractor applying for a license bond will pay a premium to obtain the bond. This premium is a percentage of the total bond amount determined primarily by a contractor’s personal credit score. However, personal and business finances and industry experience may also be considered. Those with an excellent credit score can expect to pay .75%-1.5% of the bond amount, and those with poorer credit may pay 5% or higher as their premium. 

City of Newark

General contractors, subcontractors, and minor renovations contractors must post a contractor license bond. The bond amount ranges from $10,000 to $200,000, depending on the license type. 

City of Wilmington

Plumbers and contractors doing work on public streets, sidewalks, and curbs are required to post a license bond. The general bond amount is $3,000.  

New Castle County

Class A, B, C, and U contractors, decorative appliance contractors, master HVACR contractors, master plumbers, outside utility contractors, sewer and drainage cleaners, and third-party inspectors must post a license bond. The bond amount ranges from $10,000 to $200,000, depending on the license type. 


Non-Residential Contractors

All those seeking to conduct business in Delaware who are not state residents must post a contractor license bond. The bond is equal to 6% of the project value for the project they aim to perform. 

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