Fairfax County Home Improvement Contractor Bond

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Who needs a home improvement contractor bond in Fairfax County, Virginia?

All Class “C” contractors and contractors not meeting the Class “C” minimum threshold in Fairfax County must be licensed with the city and post a $5,000 or $10,000 surety bond, depending on the contract size. 

Class “C” contractors are those who perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements whose total value of a single contract or project is $1,000 – $10,000 OR whose total value of contracts/projects within twelve months is less than $150,000. 

Contractors must also provide the following:

  • Class “A,” “B,” or “C” contractor’s license
  • Zoning permit, if applicable
  • Taxes and a BPOL license, if required

Each of the above requirements is explained in detail by Fairfax County. 

Need help? Just pick up the phone and call us at (888) 435-4191. You can also check out our Virginia contractor license bonds page for state-specific information.

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How do contractor bonds work?

A contractor license bond holds contractors accountable to local or state laws and regulations set by the obligee (in this case, Fairfax County). It also protects a contractor’s clients. If a contractor breaks the bond agreement, the injured party can file a claim against the surety bond. 

The surety company may pay to settle the claim upfront, but the contractor is ultimately responsible for covering the costs involved in a claim.

To get your contractor license bond, you’ll pay a premium (a percentage of the bond limit). ZipBonds often issues these bonds quickly for as little as $100 per year.

Frequently Asked Questions

A bond term is typically one year (two, in some cases). You must renew your bond to continue working on a project or in a specific area. The bond renewal date is set for the same day annually (often December 31). You can find your bond’s expiration date on your bond form. 

The bond limit, also called the penal sum, is the maximum amount the bondholder is obligated to pay a claimant. If damages exceed this amount, claimants may seek other forms of reimbursement. 

The bonded party should avoid claims at all costs by addressing client complaints immediately and respectfully and finishing work on time.

Apply for Your Contractor Bond in Fairfax County, VA

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.


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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.