Greater Cincinnati Water Works Contractor Bond

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Who needs a water works contractor bond in Greater Cincinnati?

Water works contractors in Greater Cincinnati must post a $10,000 surety bond. Other requirements include the following: 

  • Applying for a contractor license through the DOTE Permit & License Center
  • Paying the registration fee of $120 ($85 for renewal)
  • Providing a certificate of contractor’s liability insurance: $100,000 single person and $300,000 per occurrence
  • Providing a copy of an Ohio Workers Compensation Certificate 

Have questions about your bond? Give ZipBonds a call at (888) 435-4191 and one of our agents will happily assist you. You can also see our page on contractor license bonds in Ohio for state-specific information.

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How does a water works contractor bond work?

A contractor license bond ensures that contractors fulfill all obligations to their clients. By signing the bond, the contractor agrees to follow all the standards and regulations of the obligee (Greater Cincinnati). 

Clients can file a claim for damages if a contractor’s work doesn’t carefully follow the bond agreement. The surety will initially pay out an approved claim, but a contractor is responsible for paying back the surety in a timely manner.  

To obtain your bond, you’ll pay a premium – a small percentage of the penal sum. ZipBonds can issue these bonds immediately, with premiums starting at just $100.

Frequently Asked Questions

Often, bonds expire on the same date annually. The renewal date for your bond will be listed on your bond form.

You will likely need one bond per trade if you work in multiple trades. Read your municipality’s requirements carefully to ensure local compliance.

Apply for Your Contractor Bond in Greater Cincinnati, 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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