What is a Washington DC contractor license bond?
A Washington DC contractor license bond ensures professional contractors follow industry rules and regulations. Code of the District of Columbia 26-1152.08 requires all home improvement contractors working in the district to become licensed by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). If a contractor breaks the law, the surety bond protects parties that suffer harm by guaranteeing compensation. Washington DC contractor license bonds are contracts between three entities:
- The contracted company (the principal)
- The governing agency requiring the bond for the work taking place in their area (the obligee)
- An organization taking on the responsibility for incidents that may occur (the surety)
Learn more about how contractor license bonds work in our complete guide.
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Contractor Bond Requirements for Washington DC
Several construction-related professional licenses require bonds in Washington DC, including the following:
- Home Improvement License: $25,000 bond
- Electrical Contractor: $2,000 bond or $4,000 bond
- Elevator Contractor: $4,000 bond
- Plumbing/Gas Fit Contractor: $5,000 bond
- Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Contractor License: $5,000 bond
Washington DC contractor licenses are often issued for two-year terms. Be sure to note the date of issuance and read the fine print to ensure coverage doesn’t lapse in the middle of multi-year projects. Many contractors can get their license bonds for as low as $100.
Find out if your business needs a surety bond by contacting your local governing organization or a trusted surety provider like ZipBonds.
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