City of Athens-Clarke, Athens-Clark County Contractor License Bond

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Who needs a contractor license bond in Athens-Clarke County?

Contractors planning to work on projects in Athens-Clarke County may need a contractor license bond. To find out if you need a contractor license bond to operate your business in Athens-Clarke County, you can contact the Housing & Community Development department. The interim director of this department is Andrew Saunders, and the department operates Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM.

  • Phone: (706) 613-3155
  • Fax: (706) 613-3158
  • 375 Satula Avenue
  • Athens, GA 30601

Keep in mind that the county bond may be required on top of Georgia’s state licensing and bonding requirements. The state requires all general and residential contractors in Georgia to hold a valid license and contractor license bond.

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How does a contractor license bond work?

Contractor license bonds are necessary to guarantee that contractors meet the regulations and codes their obligee (Athens-Clarke County) sets. License bonds may ensure contractors uphold safety regulations, environmental protections, zoning regulations, etc.

The contractor acts as the principal in the bond agreement. The bond guarantees that if the contractor breaks the law, their surety compensates their clients for any damages incurred. Ultimately, the contractor must pay back the surety in full. 

Contractors don’t need to pay the entire bond amount to acquire their bond. Instead, they will pay a premium, a small percentage of the bond amount. ZipBonds can issue contractor license bonds instantly – without running credit checks – for just $100.

Frequently Asked Questions

Often, when a contractor meets the local bonding requirement, they also meet the statewide requirement. In some instances, contractors may need both bonds. Contact the Athens-Clarke Housing & Community Development department or ZipBonds for information regarding your specific situation.

We don’t run credit checks before issuing contractor license bonds, so your credit score won’t play a role in your ability to get bonded in this case.

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