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Arkansas Contractor Bond License Guide

Arkansas requires contractors to obtain a contractor bond to become licensed. The amount for these bonds varies depending on the type of contractor, location, and project. Some of these bonds can be issued instantly online for a set premium or are prorated for the bond term’s end date.

Why are contractor bonds required in Arkansas?

Multiple counties and cities require contractors in Arkansas to post surety bonds prior to starting work. These bonds ensure the principal (contractor) will abide by all applicable rules and legislation outlining the classification-specific work, in addition to protecting consumers from damages caused by negligent or faulty work. Obligees (government entities requiring the bond) enforce the legal language on the bond form that places liability on the principal.

Affected contractors can file a claim against the surety bond; if found to have validity, the surety (the company that financially backs the bond) will pay the claim up to the bond’s full amount. However, the principal is required to reimburse the surety in full for any money paid out.

CLB Commercial Contractor License Bond

Contractors are required to post a $10,000 surety bond to be registered to work within the state of Arkansas. This bond can be purchased instantly online for a one-year term for a $75 premium. Along with the surety bond, contractors must submit an application, along with the following to become registered:

Arkansas city-specific contractor bonds

Many Arkansas contractors are required to post a surety bond with the city or county they work in. More information on city and county-specific requirements can be found below.

City of Fort Smith Contractor Bond

The City of Fort Smith requires contractors to post a $2,000 surety bond to become registered to work. Though the bond can be registered for a one-year term, a 25% multi-year discount is available for customers who purchase this bond for a multiple-year term upfront. To obtain a contractor’s permit within the city, applicants must contact Fort Smith Building Safety at (479) 784-2206.

Visit or call us at 1 (800) 308-4358 to talk to a representative to get started on securing your Arkansas bond today!

Search all contractor bonds in Arkansas

Over the years, our bonding experts have put together the most comprehensive surety bond library. Most of our contractor bonds can be purchased instantly online in only a few minutes.

Use the list below to browse all of our available contractor bonds in Arkansas You can also try searching by bond amount, obligee, or bond name.