Shaker Heights Contractor License Bond

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Who needs a contractor bond in Shaker Heights, Ohio?

All contractors and subcontractors working in Shaker Heights must obtain a license from the city’s Commissioner of Building. Plumbing and sewer contractors must also post a $5,000 surety bond. 

Along with registration, all contractors must provide the following:

  • A $125 registration fee (waived by the Commissioner of Building if the contractor does work only for the city)
  • A copy of liability insurance: $500,000 per person, $1,000,000 per occurrence for bodily injury, $2,000,000 aggregate, $50,000 per occurrence for property and fire damage
  • Your State of Ohio specialty contractor license (if applicable)

Complete requirements are listed in Chapter 547 of the Shaker Heights municipal code.

Call ZipBonds at (888) 435-4191 to get bonded as quickly as possible. You can also check out our page on contractor license bonds in Ohio for state-specific information.

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How do contractor license bonds work?

A contractor license bond guarantees that clients receive quality work from their contractors. By signing the bond, contractors agree to work by the standards and regulations of the obligee (City of Shaker Heights). 

Clients can file a claim if a contractor breaks the terms of the agreement and causes damages. The surety will initially pay out an approved claim, but contractors are ultimately responsible for paying their surety back in full.

To obtain your bond, you’ll pay a premium – a small percentage of the total bond amount. ZipBonds offers premiums starting at $100 and can often process contractor license bonds instantly. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Contractor license bonds often run on one-year terms and coincide with city or county registration renewals. In Shaker Heights, the registration renewal date is December 31 each year. Your bond expiration will be listed on the bond form.

Additional license bonds are often only necessary if your work covers multiple trades. In that case, you may need a separate bond for each trade. Contact ZipBonds if you have any questions about your bonding needs.

Apply for Your Contractor Bond in Shaker Heights, 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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Fast forward a couple of years, and that better way is the impetus of everything we do at ZipBonds. We constantly look for innovative ways to improve the bonding process for our clients and agents. Our team comprises individuals who understand all angles of surety – for companies, agencies, and individuals. Incorporating everyone’s point of view to improve the process while simultaneously integrating cutting-edge technology is what sets our business apart.