Pittsburgh Street Opening Contractor Bond

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Who needs a street opening contractor bond in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

Street opening contractors in Pittsburgh must post a surety bond with the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure. The bond amount is determined by the type of work performed:

  • Opening in asphalt streets: $10,000 bond
  • Opening in concrete streets: $20,000 bond
  • Covering all street opening work: $75,000 bond

These contractors must also provide:

  • A completed permit
  • A copy of an insurance certificate
  • An 11” x 17” drawn-to-scale map of the location and work proposed
  • A description of the plan for traffic obstruction
  • A plan for maintenance and protection of traffic
  • Proof of utility coordination

You can also reach out to ZipBonds with any questions by calling (888) 435-4191. We’d be happy to walk you through the entire bonding process! Or check out our page on Pennsylvania contractor license bonds if you’re looking for more state-specific information.

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How does a contractor bond work?

A contractor bond ensures that clients receive quality work from their hired contractors. By signing the bond, contractors agree to work by the standards and regulations of the obligee (City of Pittsburgh). 

Clients can file claims for damages that contractors cause by failing to follow their bond agreements. The surety will initially pay out an approved claim, but a contractor is responsible for repaying the surety in full – plus interest and fees. 

You will pay a premium, a percentage of the penal sum, to acquire your bond. ZipBonds often issues contractor license bonds instantly, with premiums starting at just $100!

Frequently Asked Questions

The bond amount is the maximum dollar amount a client can obtain directly from a contractor. If damages exceed that amount, clients may seek other methods of compensation. As a contractor, you should avoid claims at all costs by working professionally and efficiently. Claims can damage your reputation and make it harder to get bonded again.

Your initial bond will typically last for the calendar year you post it. You must then renew your bond for each consecutive year – for the duration of your project. Keep your bond updated to avoid fines and compliance issues in your location.

Apply for Your Contractor Bond in Pittsburgh, PA

ZipBonds offers the fastest and most secure option for getting bonded. Our all-digital platform is intuitive and straightforward. Apply online, email support@zipbonds.com or call 888.435.4191 to speak with an agent directly.


About ZipBonds.com

Founders Ryan Swalve and Zach Mefferd formed the vision for ZipBonds.com when they realized how overly complicated it was to help clients place surety. The frustration of being unable to incorporate the technology they’d used in other insurance-focused projects left them thinking “there has to be a better way.”

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.