Michigan Contractor License Bond

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What is a contractor license bond in Michigan?

Michigan contractor license bonds ensure contractors act as legally compliant professionals, following all rules and regulations regarding building codes, taxes, etc. If a contractor breaks the law, the surety bond may protect parties that suffer harm or experience devastating financial effects.

Michigan contractor license bonds are contracts between three entities: 

  • Principal: The contracted company 
  • Obligee: The city requiring the bond for the work taking place in their area 
  • Surety: An organization taking on the responsibility for incidents that may occur 

How do contractor bonds work in Michigan?

The state of Michigan requires some contractors to obtain a surety bond as part of the licensing process. The bond amount needed may vary depending on the specific work. Contractors completing these types of work may need to secure a license bond to work in cities like Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Flint:

  • Building
  • Sidewalk
  • Sewer
  • Asphalt
  • Concrete

You can learn more about licensing requirements at Michigan.gov and how contractor license bonds work in our complete guide.

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Michigan Contractor License Bond Requirements

Several cities and counties in Michigan require contractors to secure a surety bond to conduct work in their area. These include:

  • Chesterfield Township
  • Detroit
  • Flint
  • Fort Gratiot
  • Genesee County
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo Davison Township 
  • Livingston County
  • Royal Oak 
  • St. Clair 

The bond amount you need will depend on your type of contractor’s license and location. The cost of your bond may be as low as $100. If you plan to operate your business in Michigan, find out if you need a surety bond by contacting your local governing organization or reaching out to ZipBonds directly.

Get Your Contractor License Bond in Michigan

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


About ZipBonds.com

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.