City of Portsmouth, VA – Contractor Bond

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Who needs a contractor bond in Portsmouth, Virginia?

All moving contractors must post a $50,000 surety bond. Building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing contractors must post a $5,000 surety bond and provide the following:

  • Registration with the Portsmouth building official (if a permit is required)
  • Application for a permit (if applicable)

Complete contractor requirements are listed in Chapter 7 of the Portsmouth municipal code.   

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How do contractor bonds work?

Contractor license bonds provide financial protection for the project owner or client if the contractor fails to fulfill their contractual obligations. The client or project owner can file a claim against the contractor’s bond if the contractor has breached their contract.

Bond Claims

To initiate a bond claim, the client or project owner must submit a written claim to the surety company that issued the bond. This claim must include specific information about the alleged breach or harm, such as a description of the work that was not completed or evidence of financial losses incurred due to the contractor’s actions. 

The surety company will then investigate the claim to determine its validity and whether the contractor is liable for any damages. If the claim is found to be valid, the surety company will pay out a sum of money from the contractor’s bond to cover the damages, up to the limit of the bond amount. The contractor is then responsible for repaying the surety company for any money paid out on their behalf.

Bond Premiums

You’ll pay a premium, or a small percentage of the penal sum, to post your bond. ZipBonds can often file these bonds instantly for as little as $100.

Frequently Asked Questions

The initial bond term will often last for the remainder of the calendar year in which you post the bond. You must then renew your bond annually for it to remain active (for the duration of your project). The bond renewal date will be listed on your bond form.

The bond amount (penal sum) is the maximum dollar value a client can seek from a bonded contractor. If damages exceed this amount, clients may seek alternative means of compensation.

Apply for Your Contractor Bond in Portsmouth, VA

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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.