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Washington Contractor License Bonds

The state of Washington holds many requirements for contractors of various classifications to post a surety bond to obtain a contractor license. Washington holds many different bond requirements based on contractor’s license requirements and classification requirements.

Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bonds

One such Washington contractor classification that holds numerous different bond requirements based on the contractor’s license level is fire sprinkler system contractors.

Level 1 Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bond

A $6,000 Level 1 Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bond is required by the state of Washington Fire Protection Bureau Licensing and Certification Programs as a requirement for Level 1 fire sprinkler contractors to become licensed. This bond requires underwriting consideration before it can be determined whether, and at what premium, a bond can be issued to the applicant.

  • Level 1 Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor are licensed to work on the installation of sprinkler systems for any single- or dual-family-occupied residential structure and its dedicated underground fire service mains. Level 1 contractors must each have at least one employee certified as their Certificate of Competency Holder.

Level 2 Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bond

The Washington Fire Protection Bureau Licensing and Certification Programs mandates that a $6,000 contractor bond be obtained by any Level 2 Fire Sprinkler System Contractor looking to become licensed. The price of this bond can only be determined through underwriting consideration by a surety underwriting expert. This means that the price you will pay for this bond depends on an examination of your personal, financial, and credit history.

  • Level 2 Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractors are licensed to work on the installation of sprinkler systems in any single- or dual-family-occupied residential structure up to, and including, a four-story structure and its dedicated underground fire service mains. Level 2 contractors must have at least one employee certified as their Certificate of Competency Holder.

Level 3 Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bond

A $10,000 Level 3 fire sprinkler system contractor bond is required by the Washington State Fire Protection Bureau Licensing and Certification Programs in accordance with Chapter 212-80 of the Washington Administrative Code. This bond must go through the underwriting process in order for an underwriter to determine whether, and at what price, the bond can be issued.

  • Level 3 Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractors are only licensed to work on the installation of sprinkler systems on any kind of structure, including the dedicated underground fire service mains of such structures. Level 3 contractors are required to have at least one employee certified as their Certificate of Competency Holder.

Level U Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bond

A $10,000 Level U Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bond is required by the Washington State Patrol Fire Protection Bureau before a Level U contractor can obtain a license in accordance with Chapter 212-80 of the Washington Administrative Code on fire protection sprinkler system contractors. This bond requires underwriting consideration, meaning a surety expert must examine an applicant's personal, financial, and credit history before determining whether a bond can be issued and at what premium.

  • Level U fire sprinkler system contractors are licensed only to work on the underground installation of the dedicated fire protection sprinkler system supply main for any type of structure. Each Level U contractor must have at least one employee certified as a Certificate of Competency Holder.

Level I&T Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bond

The Washington State Patrol Fire Protection Bureau requires a $6,000 Level I&T Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Bond of any Level I&T contractor looking to obtain a license.

  • Level I&T Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractors can contract to do inspection and testing work of a wet and/or dry pipe fire protection sprinkler system. Every contractor who performs the work, either through inspecting or testing, must obtain a certificate of competence.

Fire Sprinkler System Contractor Licensing and Certification Resources

Sprinkler Licensing and Certification Basic Renewal Process

Sprinkler Licensing and Certification (RCW 18.160) Renewal Terms

Sprinkler fitter classification certification resources:

Electrical/Telecommunications Contractor Bond

A $4,000 electrical/telecommunications contractor bond is required by the Department of Labor & Industries Electrical Licensing & Certification as a requirement to apply for a license. Electrical/telecommunications contractors can complete these steps to obtain a license:

  • Obtain a valid UBI number from the Business Licensing Service or Secretary of State.

  • Become a certified and assigned telecommunications administrator.

  • Post an original $4,000 electrical/telecommunications contractor’s bond.

  • Obtain a certificate of liability insurance with a minimum amount of $170,000.

    • If the business hires employees, obtain a workers’ compensation account.

The application progress can be completed via mail using the Telecommunications Contractor Application, which features a step-by-step guide from the Labor and Industries Division. Registration as a contractor may also be required.

Continuous Plumbing Contractor Bond

The Department of Labor and Industries Plumber Certification Division requires plumbing contractors to be licensed and registered in the state of Washington. A requirement of obtaining a plumbing license is to post a $6,000 contractor bond. In addition to posting a contractor bond, applicants must also:

  • Obtain a Certificate of Liability Insurance

  • Complete and notarize the application

  • Pay the required application fee

  • Have a designated plumber on staff who carries a certification with Labor & Industries

$6,000 continuous plumbing contractor bonds require a review of the applicant’s personal and financial history, as well as a review of the bond application materials and a possible credit check. The price of this bond can only be determined once an underwriter completes a review and determines whether the bond can be issued.

Continuous Contractor's Bond

The Department of Labor and Industries Contractor Registration Division requires specialty contractors to post a $6,000 bond and general contractors to post a $12,000 contractor bond to register with the state of Washington. These contractor bonds are subject to underwriting consideration, meaning the price of your bond will depend on the bond’s amount and a review of your personal and credit history.

Specialty contractors can only perform work in the specialty they are registered in and cannot hire subcontractors.

General contractors can perform most types of construction work and can hire subcontractors in multiple specialties. However, contractors working certain specialties such as plumbingelectricalelevatorsmobile home installationboilers, and asbestos have additional requirements for education, examination, and licensing.

Other specialties also require contractor registration, including these 63 contractor specialties.

How to register as a specialty contractor in the state of Washington

Visit your local Labor and Industries Department to complete your registration. All information gathered from these steps must be presented to the L&I Department.

The application can also be completed and mailed to Contractor Registration, P.O. Box 44450, Olympia, WA 98504-4450. The application must be completed, signed, notarized, and filed with your surety bond, general liability insurance, and a check or money order payable to the Department of Labor & Industries.

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City- and County-Specific Contractor Bonds

Along with the state bond requirements, many cities, counties, and even districts within the state hold their own bond requirements for contractors.

City of Redmond Side Sewer Contractor Bond

The City of Redmond Development and Construction Division requires side sewer contractors to obtain a permit before beginning work. Side Sewer Contractors must post a $5,000 surety bond as a requirement to complete the Side Sewer Contractor Roster Application (PDF). This bond can be issued instantly online for a $100 premium for a one-year term and can be obtained for a multiple-year term with a 25% discount. This means that two years of bond coverage purchased together would cost $175 instead of two $100 payments.

City of Normandy Park Contractor Performance Bond

The City of Normandy Park Community Development Department requires park contractors to post a contractor bond ranging from $1,000 to $100,000, depending on the contractor’s specific requirements. This bond is subject to underwriting consideration, meaning that the price of this bond will depend on its amount and a review of the applicant’s personal and credit history.

Clark County District #1 Electrical Contractor Performance Bond

The Clark County Public Utility District #1 requires electrical contractors to post a $5,000 performance contractor bond that can be purchased instantly online for a $100 premium.

Lakehaven Utility District Sewer Service Contractor Bond

The Lakehaven Utility District requires sewer service contractors to post a $10,000 contractor bond before becoming authorized. This bond is subject to underwriting consideration, meaning that the price you pay for your bond will depend on a review of your personal, financial, and credit history.

Sewer service contractors can apply to become an authorized contractor using the Authorized Sewer Service Contractor Application.

  1. Provide all pertinent applicant and business information.

  2. List your references (e.g., cities, towns, or other sewer districts you are authorized to perform work in).

  3. Sign an agreement that you comply with all resolutions, specifications, and requirements of the Lakehaven Utility District.

How to submit the authorized sewer service contractor application

  • Complete the application.

    • Pay the initial application fee of $440.

      • Submit both the application and fee to Lakehaven.

        • References listed on the application will be contacted.

  • An interview will be scheduled by Lakehaven for the applicant and an Inspector/Engineering Technician.

  • If approved:

    • A letter will be sent including the Certification Agreement, Annual Information Form, and a Contractor Bond Form.

  • Execute the Certification Agreement.

  • Obtain the required $10,000 contractor bond.

  • Complete the Information Form and Insurance Certificate — $1,000,000.00 Commercial General Liability is required.

    • Submit these documents to Lakehaven.

  • Once requirements have been received, a letter will be sent to the applicant to formally commence the contractor’s status as “Lakehaven-authorized.”

City of Seattle Side Sewer Contractor Bond

The City of Seattle requires side sewer contractors to post a $30,000 side sewer contractor bond. This bond is subject to underwriting consideration, meaning a surety underwriting expert must examine the applicant’s personal, financial, and credit history to determine whether a bond can be issued and at what premium.

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