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What is a Nebraska Contractor License Bond?

Contractors across several different states are required to hold a valid license in order to perform commercial or residential work. A contractor license also comes with a bonding requirement in many cities and municipalities. In Nebraska, contractors do not have to meet statewide requirements for licensing or bonding, but a Nebraska contractor license bond is necessary for those who work in the City of Omaha.

A Nebraska contractor license bond is a surety bond that protects customers from fraudulent or illegal business practices and ensures licensed contractors will perform in line with local construction codes. This type of bond involves three parties – a principal, which is the licensed contractor, an obligee, which is the City of Omaha that requires the bond, and a surety company which provides the bond.

If a customer experiences a financial loss due to a violation of local laws and regulations, a claim can be made against your Nebraska contractor license bond.

What Does a Nebraska Contractor License Bond Cost?

The City of Omaha requires a $10,000 bond to be obtained by licensed contractors, but you are not responsible for paying the entire bond amount. Instead, a Nebraska contractor license bond is priced as a percentage of the total, typically between 1 and 3%. Bond applicants with strong credit history pay a lower percent of the bond amount, while contractors with bad credit can pay as high as 10%.

A surety company reviews your personal credit as part of the application process because a Nebraska contractor license bond is a form of credit extended to your business. When a valid claim is made, the surety compensates the customer but you are responsible for repaying the claim. Bad credit, including bankruptcy, court judgments, or liens, makes you a higher risk to the surety. Therefore, the cost of your Nebraska contractor license bond is higher.

How Do I Get a Nebraska Contractor License Bond?

You can start the process of obtaining your Nebraska contractor license bond by submitting a short quote request and application online.

Frequent Questions

How much does a bond cost?

Pricing is a percentage of the contractor license bond amount that’s required of you, which is based on your personal credit. Use our bond pricing tool to to get a quick ballpark estimate.

Can I get bonded with bad credit?

Yes. You can apply and get bonded with bad credit. Our agency is the largest writer of bonds in the county, which allows us to approve contractors for bonds when other agencies cannot.

Are these the same as contract bonds?

No. Contractor license bonds ensure you will abide by the laws of your state, city or municipality when performing contracting work. Contract bonds guarantee public projects will be completed properly and are a separate bond type. You can learn more about contract surety bonds by visiting the contractor bond center.

Do I need a state or local bond?

It depends on who is requiring the bond of you, the local municipality, county or state. Depending on your location, it is possible you may need both a local and state bond, as contractor license bond requirements can vary drastically. You can select your state to see a full list of contractor license bond requirements.

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