Who needs a contractor registration bond in Houston, Texas?
Sign contractors must be licensed through the city and post a $25,000 surety bond. This bond requirement also holds for contractors doing work:
- Over the curb line or
- On public property
The above contractors must also provide insurance in the following amounts:
- $100,000 for any person injured
- $300,000 for injury to more than one person
- $100,000 for property damage
The City of Houston has set these contractor requirements.
If you’re unsure if this bond applies to you, call us at (888) 435-4191 and one of our agents will be more than happy to help. You can also check out our page on Texas contractor license bonds for state-specific information.
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How do contractor bonds work?
Contractor license bonds guarantee clients that their contractors will fulfill all work obligations according to local or state laws and regulations. If a contractor fails to meet the terms of the bond agreement, a client can file a claim against the bond for any damages the contractor caused.
If a claim is approved, the surety company will settle the claim upfront by paying out damages to clients. However, contractors will be fully responsible for paying the surety back over time.
To purchase your contractor bond, you’ll pay a premium, a small percentage of the total bond amount. ZipBonds can issue many contractor bonds instantly for as little as $100 per year.
Frequently Asked Questions
The initial bond term will typically last for one calendar year from the date of issuance. If your project lasts more than a year, you must renew your bond before it expires for it to remain active. The bond renewal date will be listed on your completed bond form.
The bond limit, or penal sum, is the maximum dollar amount a client can seek for compensation from a contractor’s bond. If damages exceed this amount, a client must seek other forms of payment. Contractors should avoid claims by finishing projects on time, according to contracts, and addressing client complaints as they arise.
Apply for Your Contractor Bond in Houston, TX
ZipBonds offers the fastest and most secure option for getting bonded. Our all-digital platform is intuitive and straightforward. Apply online, email email@example.com or call (888) 435-4191 to speak with an agent directly.
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.