Hawaii Contractor License Bond

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What is a Hawaii contractor license bond?

Individuals and businesses acting as builders or contractors in the state of Hawaii are required to obtain a license bond. The Contractor License Board (CLB) determines the bond amount, the minimum being $5,000. These surety bonds ensure that the public receives compensation should the contractor fail to comply with any local or statewide laws regarding conduct on projects.

Obtaining a license bond is part of the application process for getting a contractor’s license through the CLB. There is no set license bond amount in Hawaii, with the Hawaii Revised Statute 444-16.5 granting the CLB authority to determine the bond limit for each individual contractor. The Board will examine the contractor’s experience and financial situation in determining the bond limit.

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Hawaii Contractor License Bond Costs

A contractor’s license bond in Hawaii costs between 1%-10% of the bond amount per year, depending on the applicant’s personal credit score and business experience. With an excellent credit score, applicants may expect to pay a yearly premium of $100-$150 for a $10,000 bond. Given the higher risk, those with a subpar credit score may expect to pay a higher percentage of their bond limit.

Hawaii contractor licenses and license bonds expire on September 30th of even-numbered years (2022, 2024, and so on) and must be renewed on or before this date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hawaii also requires contractors to have liability insurance. A contractor must purchase insurance coverage of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident for bodily injury. For property damage, they must buy $50,000 of coverage per accident.

To avoid claims against your contractor license bond, follow all license regulations in Hawaii, including the following, which often trigger claims if ignored:

  • Pay wages to all hired employees.
  • Pay all subcontractors and vendors for their services.
  • Do not engage in or allow representations of the business to engage in acts of fraud.

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