City of Cleveland, Ohio Contractor Bond

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Who needs a contractor license bond in Cleveland, Ohio?

General Contractors

All general contractors, and those seeking to build or rehabilitate Cleveland homes, must be bonded, insured, and registered with the city. 

  • The general contractor bond amount is $25,000
  • Insurance must cover at least $200,000 ($50,000 and $100,000 bodily injury, and $50,000 property damage). 

Electricians & Plumbers

Additionally, electricians and plumbers must be licensed. For questions about other contractor requirements, see the permit guide or call the City of Cleveland contractor line at (216) 664-2884.

Service Providers

Service providers, including utilities and telecoms contractors, must register with the city annually. For questions regarding service provider requirements, call the service provider line at (216) 664-2174. 

Need help?

Give ZipBonds a call at (888) 435-4191 and an agent will be happy to guide you through your contractor bonding requirements in Cleveland. You can also check out our page on contractor license bonds in Ohio for state-specific information.

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How does a contractor license bond work?

A contractor license bond gives clients a guarantee that their contractor will fulfill all obligations in the work process. By signing the bond, contractors agree to follow all standards and regulations of the obligee (City of Cleveland). 

Clients can file a claim for compensation if a contractor fails to follow the agreement fully. The surety will initially pay out approved claims, but contractors are responsible for paying back the claim over time. 

To acquire your bond, you’ll pay a premium (a percentage of the penal sum). ZipBonds offers premiums starting at $100 and can often get you bonded instantly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Typically, bond terms last for one year. Cleveland stipulates that if a contractor works in multiple trades, they must post multiple accompanying bonds that renew on the same date.

Those working in multiple trades must obtain a bond for each trade. Familiarize yourself with the Cleveland registration and licenses page to ensure your compliance.

Apply for Your Contractor Bond in Cleveland, OH

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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