Vermont Contractor License Bond

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What is a contractor license bond in Vermont?

The state of Vermont doesn’t require general contractors to carry a contractor’s license or bond. However, some specialty trades, including electrical and plumbing contractors, have licensing requirements at the state level. The Vermont Department of Public Safety Division of Fire Safety handles licensing for electrical contractors and plumbing contractors.

Several counties and cities also have additional contractor requirements, varying by location and contractor type. In cases where a contractor license bond is required, the municipality sets the bond amount. These bonds protect the public in matters of contractor work performance violations.

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City Licensing and Permitting Requirements in Vermont

These are the most populated cities in Vermont and their requirements for contractors:

  • Burlington: This city leverages its building permits program to regulate contractors. Applicants can use the City of Burlington permit portal to apply for a permit. 
  • South Burlington: Contractors in this city must carry building permits rather than city-issued licenses. The South Burlington Fire Department manages permit applications.
  • Rutland: This city doesn’t explicitly require building permits for contractors. Contact the building department directly with any inquiries. 

Learn more about how contractor license bonds work in our complete guide

Vermont Contractor License Bond Costs

In cases where a Vermont contractor license bond is needed, applicants will pay an annual premium – a small percentage of the total bond amount. In Vermont, this premium may be as low as 1% of the bond amount if the applicant has strong credit. The rate may be higher if the applicant’s credit score is poor, but those with lower credit scores can still get bonded in many cases. 

While an applicant’s personal credit score is the primary factor in determining the premium, business financials, fixed and liquid assets, and industry experience may also be considered.

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