City of Columbus, Ohio – Contractor License Bond

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Who needs a contractor license bond in Columbus, Ohio?

All building contractors in Columbus, Ohio, must be licensed with the city and obtain a $25,000 contractor license/registration bond. Additional requirements include:

  • Paying a $185 filing fee
  • General contractors: Showing proof of three years of “hands-on” experience
  • Limited contractors: Showing proof of one year of “hands-on” experience

You can find a complete list of contractor registration requirements in the contractor application. For specific bonding information, see section 4114.515 of the municipal code.  

Unsure about the details? Give ZipBonds a call at (888) 435-4191, and an agent will be glad to help you with the bonding process. 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 ensures that contractors fulfill all their work obligations to their clients. By signing the bond agreement, contractors state that they’ll abide by the standards and regulations of the obligee (City of Columbus). 

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

To obtain your license bond, you’ll pay a premium (a small percentage of the penal sum). We can provide bonds for as little as $100 a year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bond terms often last for one year. Your bond renewal date will be listed on the bond form. Keep your bond and license up to date to ensure legality.

A single license bond is typically sufficient for contractors. However, multiple bonds are sometimes required. Read your municipality requirements carefully to know for sure (or just call ZipBonds!).

Apply for Your Contractor Bond in Columbus, 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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