North Carolina Contractor License Bond

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What is a North Carolina contractor license bond?

Prospective general, electrical, landscape, and irrigation contractors in North Carolina must obtain a license bond. 

Contractors in several cities and counties must also get bonded, including those in:

  • Cabarrus County
  • Greensboro
  • High Point
  • Rocky Mount
  • Rowan County
  • Winston-Salem

Contractors needing state-level licensing and bonding should submit applications through the following Boards:

A North Carolina contractor license bond ensures that contractors comply with the North Carolina Administrative Code. 

You can learn more about how contractor license bonds work in our complete guide.

Get Your North Carolina Contractor License Bond:

NC Contractor License Bond Requirements

Contractor license bond amounts vary by license type. The main license types required at the state level are outlined below:

  • Limited general contractor license: $175,000 bond amount
  • Intermediate general contractor license: $500,000 bond amount
  • Unlimited general contractor license: $1,000,000 bond amount
  • Intermediate electrical contractor license: $50,000 bond amount
  • Unlimited electrical contractor license: $130,000 bond amount
  • Landscape and irrigation contractor license: $10,000 bond amount

How much do NC license bonds cost?

Depending on personal credit score and other financial indicators, contractors will pay a small percentage of the bond amount, typically 1%-5%. Those with excellent credit may pay as little as 1%. If you have poor credit, you may still be able to get bonded. Contact ZipBonds if you have any questions or concerns.

Get Your Contractor License Bond in North Carolina

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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