Who needs a Georgia contractor license bond?
All general and residential contractors in Georgia must obtain a valid license and a contractor license bond before completing projects at the residential or commercial level. If a contractor fails to abide by local or state laws and a customer suffers losses, the bond protects the customer by ensuring timely compensation.
The obligee of the statewide surety bond is the Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors. The following counties and cities have additional surety bond requirements for contractors:
- Augusta-Richmond County
- Athens-Clarke County
- Bibb County
- City of Cairo
- Clayton County
- Cobb County
- Columbia County
- City of Cordele
- City of Douglasville
- City of East Point
- City of Grovetown
- Hall County
- City of Kennesaw
- Lincoln County
- City of Macon
- McDuffie County
- Newton County
- Putnam County
- Paulding County
- City of Powder Springs
- City of Smyrna
- Thomas County
- City of Valdosta
Learn more about how contractor license bonds work in our complete guide.
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Georgia Contractor License Bond Costs
Georgia has two license bond amount requirements:
- $20,000 for water well contractors and drillers
- $25,000 for residential and general contractors
Contractors will pay a premium, which may be 1%-10% of the bond amount, to obtain the bond. Your rate will depend on your personal credit score, business financials, and industry experience. Given the higher risk, those with lower credit scores may pay higher premiums.
Frequently Asked Questions
The statewide contractor license and license bond expire every June 30th of even-numbered years (2022, 2024, and so on). Both the license and surety bond must be renewed on or before this date to remain active.
The Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors handles contractor licenses and requires the following application items:
- A nonrefundable $200 application fee
- Proof of at least two years of proven experience as a residential contractor or working under one
- Proof of the successful completion of at least two projects within the residential-basic category in the two years preceding the application
- A copy of a secure and verifiable document (SVD)
- Proof of general liability insurance (minimum of $300,000 per occurrence)
- Evidence of the required surety bond
Get Your Contractor License Bond in Georgia
ZipBonds offers the fastest and most secure option for getting bonded. Our all-digital platform is intuitive and straightforward. Apply online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888.435.4191 to speak with an agent directly.
Founders Ryan Swalve and Zach Mefferd formed the vision for ZipBonds.com when they realized how overly complicated it was to help clients place surety. The frustration of being unable to incorporate the technology they’d used in other insurance-focused projects left them thinking “there has to be a better way.”
Fast forward a couple of years, and that better way is the impetus of everything we do at ZipBonds. We constantly look for innovative ways to improve the bonding process for our clients and agents. Our team comprises individuals who understand all angles of surety – for companies, agencies, and individuals. Incorporating everyone’s point of view to improve the process while simultaneously integrating cutting-edge technology is what sets our business apart.