Nonresident Contractor Bonds

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Who needs nonresident contractor bonds?

Contractors expanding their service area should be aware of nonresident contractor bonding requirements. Whether acting as sole proprietors or contracting under a consulting firm, you will likely need a nonresident contractor bond to work as a contractor in a state without a license.

Broadly, a contractor is defined as “a person, firm, or corporation in the business or trade of constructing, altering, repairing, or improving properties or structures.” Trades commonly included are general contractors, electrical contractors, plumbing contractors, HVAC contractors, concrete contractors, demolition contractors, and others. Specific state laws will outline precise bonding requirements and information.

Nonresident contractor bonds affect most types of contractors in the states that require them, which include:

In addition to these states, many cities and counties throughout the country have nonresident bonding requirements for contractors.

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How do nonresident contractor bonds work?

Government entities must ensure that new contractors follow local and state laws to pay proper taxes, establish worker’s compensation, extend general liability insurance coverage, and other necessary actions. Nonresident contractor license bonds provide greater recourse if construction-related professionals and companies working in the area fail to meet business and industry regulations.

In states requiring nonresident contractor license bonds, performing work without one is illegal. ZipBonds is a trusted surety provider specializing in the construction industry. We understand the many licenses, permits, and bonds required at each level of government. Identify your specific bonding needs by calling (888) 435-4191.

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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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