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Washington Contractor Bonds

Many cities, counties and contractor classifications in Washington state require contractors to post a surety bond. Verify the bond amount necessary for your specific needs with the bond's obligee or the government entity that requires you to obtain the bond. These bonds protect the obligee from any claims filed because of damages caused by the contractor. They also ensure the contractor will adhere to all applicable rules and regulations or be held accountable.

Washington Contractor Bond Requirements

The state of Washington requires contractors of various classifications to obtain contractor bonds. 

Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bond Requirements

Various fire sprinkler system contractor levels hold different contractor bond requirements.

Level U and level 3 fire sprinkler system contractors are required to obtain a $10,000 contractor bond. These bonds require underwriting consideration, so the bond's premium is based on a review of the applicant's credit.

Levels I, T, 1 and 2 fire sprinkler system contractors must post a $6,000 surety bond. These bonds also require underwriting, so the only way to determine the bond's premium is to submit a bond application.

Farm Labor Contractor Bond Requirements

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries requires farm labor contractors to purchase a contractor bond. There are multiple bond amounts for this bond and the one necessary for you depends on the number of employees held by your business. The list below will help you determine which amount is required of you:

  • $5,000 bond - 1 to 10 employees

  • $10,000 bond - 11 to 50 employees

  • $15,000 bond - 51-100 employees

  • $20,000 bond - 100+ employees

These bonds all require underwriting consideration, so a review of the applicant's credit is required to obtain a bond quote.

Electrical/Telecommunications Contractor Bond Requirement

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries requires electrical and telecommunications contractors to post a $4,000 contractor bond. This bond can be purchased instantly online for a $110 premium.

Mortgage Broker Business Contractor Bond Requirement

Any mortgage broker businesses that employ independent contractors are required to post a contractor bond. The list below will assist in determining which bond amount is required of you.

  • $20,000 bond - new applicant, previous year's loan volume was $0-$20,000,000

  • $40,000 bond - previous year's loan volume was $20,000,000 to $40,000,000

  • $60,000 bond - previous year's loan volume was $40,000,000+

These bonds all require underwriting consideration, so the price you will pay for your contractor bond depends on a review of your credit history. 

Continuous Contractor Bond Requirements

Specialty contractors in Washington are required to post a $6,000 contractor bond. General contractors must post a $12,000 contractor bond. Both bonds are subject to underwriting, so an underwriter must review the applicant's credit information before a quote can be issued.

City and County-Specific Requirements

Many cities and counties in Washington hold their own surety bond requirements for contractors. Many of these bonds can be issued instantly online for a set premium, but some will require underwriting consideration. The best way to determine if your city or county requires you to obtain a contractor bond is to check with the local government entity.