Massachusetts Out-of-State Contractors Bond

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Who needs an out-of-state contractors bond in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts requires many out-of-state contractors and subcontractors to be bonded to work in the state. The bond requirement ranges from $100 to $100,000, equaling 6.25% of the total contract price. The following stipulations exempt out-of-state contractors from the bonding requirement:

  • DOR’s Out-of-State Contractor’s Unit approves the contractor as “in-state”
  • Total project costs less than $20,000 
  • Project only charges for labor
  • Project purchases for materials-exempt entities such as government agencies or religious and charitable organizations

Unsure if this bond applies to you? Give us a call at (888) 435-4191 and we’ll be happy to help identify your bonding needs. You can also check out our page on contractor license bonds in Massachusetts for in-state information.

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How does an out-of-state contractors bond work?

A contractor bond protects clients from financial loss due to unsatisfactory or faulty contracting work. The bond guarantees that contractors meet all applicable regulations and codes of the obligee (the State of Massachusetts). If they don’t, they could cost a client money. Clients can file claims for compensation if their contractor’s work results in damages.

To obtain your contractor bond as an out-of-state contractor, you’ll need to pay a premium, a small percentage of the bond amount. ZipBonds can often issue bonds quickly – at a typical premium of $100.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can usually avoid claim situations if you strive to work professionally and communicate well with clients. If someone complains about your work, address the issue promptly to prevent it from escalating. 

In many cases, yes! You may need to pay a higher premium because of the increased bonding risk, but ZipBonds can usually get you the bond you need in a flash.   

Apply for Your MA Out-of-State Contractors Bond

ZipBonds offers the fastest and most secure option for getting bonded. Our all-digital platform is intuitive and straightforward. Apply online, email or call 888.435.4191 to speak with an agent directly.



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