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Washington Contractor License Bonds


Washington Contractor License Bond Information

Contractor license surety bonds are required by the State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries, Contractor's Registration Section (L&I). The surety bond amounts vary by contractor type. The most common types and amounts are:

  • $12,000 for General Contractors
  • $10,000 for Fire Sprinkler System Contractors
  • $6,000 for Specialty Contractors
  • $4,000 for Electrical/ Telecommunication Contractors

These bonds are required to operate as a licensed contractor in the state of Washington.

There are also several specific city and county contractor bond requirements in Washington (e.g. City of Seattle Side Sewer Bond, Clark, Pierce, Redmond, and Whatcom). When requesting a quote for these local contractor bonds, don't worry if you do not see the specific bond you need in the table below. Simply select "Contractor License Bond - Other City, County or Local Requirement". You will have the opportunity to write-in the specific bond needed and our bond specialist will quickly locate it in our inventory. Applicants should confirm the bond amount needed with the state for their job type and location prior to requesting a quote from Surety Bonds Direct.

How Much Does a Contractor Bond Cost in Washington?

Most Common Bonds

Contractor License Bond for General Contractors

$12,000 Bond

Contractor License Bond for Specialty Contractors

$6,000 Bond

Contractor License Bond for Electrical/Telecommunication Contractors

Additional Bonds

Contractor License Bond for Fire Sprinkler System Contractors

$10,000 Bond

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Farm Labor Contractor Bond

Bonds up to $25,000

1-Year Bond Starts at $100.00
1.2% of the Bond Amount

Expires 12/31

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Contractor: Side Sewer Bond

$30,000 Bond

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Contractor: City of Seattle Side Sewer Bond

$30,000 Bond

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Contractor License Bond - Filed with City, County or Other Local Government

Bonds up to $25,000

1-Year Bond Starts at $100.00
1% of the Bond Amount


2-Year Bond Starts at $175.00
1.75% of the Bond Amount

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What does a Contractor Bond Protect Against?

The surety bond protects consumers in the state of Washington who hire contractors to perform or supervise various business or construction related projects and trades. A consumer may file a claim against the bond seeking recoupment of damages in the event that the contractor violates applicable codes or regulations. If this bond is for a job that you are bidding or a contract that has been awarded to you, the surety bond you need is a Contract/Construction Bond rather than a Contractor License Bond.

The contractor license bond ensures that the bonded contractor pays all persons performing labor (including employee benefits), all Washington state taxes and contributions, all suppliers or other persons furnishing material or renting or supplying equipment to the contractor, and all amounts adjudged against the contractor for breach of contract including improper work in the conduct of the contracting business. The bond is continuous in nature but it may be canceled by the surety company through written notice to the director.

Getting Your Washington Business License or Registration

In Washington State, general and specialty contractors must register with L&I:

  • A general contractor can perform or supervise numerous building trades or crafts

  • A specialty contractor can perform one building trade or craft

In order to register as a Construction Contractor in Washington, the following steps need to be taken:

  1. Choose your business structure
  2. Register with Washington Secretary of State
  3. Complete the Application for Construction Contractor Registration
  4. Obtain a Surety Bond or Assigned Savings Account ($12,000 General or $6,000 Specialty).
    • The surety bond must show the name of your business exactly as you want it or currently have it registered with the State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries
  5. Obtain a Certificate of Liability Insurance on which L&I must be the certificate holder
  6. Pay the registration fee
  7. Make copies for yourself and submit all required documents to an L&I office. All documents must be the signed originals with no whiteouts or alterations