Wisconsin Contractor License Bond

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What is a Wisconsin contractor license bond?

Wisconsin contractor license bonds ensure contractors act as legally compliant professionals, following all rules and regulations regarding building codes, taxes, etc. The surety that issues the bond guarantees that any parties affected by a contractor’s incomplete work and incompetent performance receive appropriate compensation.

The State of Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services issues state licenses for contractors. Wisconsin requires dwelling contractors (residential contractors) to get bonded before becoming licensed to work. Several municipalities throughout Wisconsin also require contractor licenses and bonds, including LaCrosse, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, and Sheboygan.

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Wisconsin Contractor License Bond Requirements

State Requirements

Without a state dwelling contractor’s license, dwelling contractors cannot obtain a building permit for one- or two-family dwellings. In a nutshell, here’s what contractors need to obtain this license: 

  • Business papers
  • Financial documents
  • Proof of professional experience
  • An insurance policy for the application 
  • A $25,000 bond

Local Requirements

Municipalities throughout the state may also require Wisconsin contractor license bonds.

  • City of West Allis: Concrete Contractor Bond
  • La Crosse: City Natural Gas Contractor Bond
  • Milwaukee: City Concrete Contractor’s Performance Bond
  • Oshkosh: City Annual Sidewalk Layers/Curb Cut Contractors Bond
  • Racine: City Electrical Contractor Bond
  • Superior: City Electrical Contractor Bond
  • Superior: City General Contractor Bond
  • Superior: City Heating Contractor Bond

Learn if your business needs a surety bond by contacting your state or local government or a trusted surety provider like ZipBonds.

Get Your Contractor License Bond in Wisconsin

ZipBonds is 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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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.