What is an Oregon Contractor License Bond?
Contractors working in Oregon on either commercial or residential projects must hold a valid license in order to work legally in the state. Part of the licensing requirements is getting an Oregon contractor license bond. This type of surety bond ensures that a licensed contractor abides by state laws, protecting customers, employees, and the state licensing authority from fraudulent business practices.
An Oregon contractor license bond is a three-party contract involving a surety, a principal, and an obligee. The surety is the company providing the bond to the licensed contractor, known as the principal. The obligee is the licensing authority responsible for construction contractors working in the state. Should a claim against a bond happen, the surety initially compensates the customer or employee for financial losses. However, the licensed contractor is responsible for repaying the claim amount.
Do I Need an Oregon Contractor License Bond?
Several different types of contractors may operate in the state of Oregon, but nearly all must meet specific licensing requirements in order to stay compliant with current laws and regulations. Contractors who required licensing must also secure a surety bond if they work in the following fields:
- Handyman work
- Home inspections
- Heating or air conditioning
- Electrical or plumbing work
- Tree servicing
- Construction work
Contractors in Oregon who provide gutting cleaning, power washing, or debris cleanup are not required to post an Oregon contractor license bond.
Oregon Contractor License Bond Obligee Details
Under Oregon state law, the Construction Contractors Board, or CCB, is granted the authority to oversee and enforce licensing requirements for contractors operating in the state. The Construction Contractors Board is the obligee of Oregon contractor license bonds, and any bond must be submitted to the CCB in order to be valid. Licensed Oregon contractors may contact the CCB at the following address and phone number:
Oregon Construction Contractors Board
201 High Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97309
What Does an Oregon Contractor License Bond Cost?
Similar to other surety bonds, an Oregon contractor license bond is priced as a small fraction of the total bond requirement. If a $10,000 bond is necessary, you pay a percentage between 1 to 10% as the bond premium. Depending on the type of work you perform as a contractor, the bond amount required for your license may be as low as $10,000 and as high as $75,000.
An Oregon contractor license bond premium is based on your personal credit score along with details about your business financials. Having excellent credit means you will pay a lower percentage while bad credit leads to a higher bond price. You can still get a bond with bad credit, but the surety company will charge more for your Oregon contractor license bond until your credit improves.
How Do I Get an Oregon Contractor License Bond?
Securing your Oregon contractor license bond is a simple process. You can submit a fast and easy online application to get a quote for your bond based on your business and personal financial standing.
Oregon Contractor License Bond Term and Expiration Date
An Oregon contractor license has no set expiration date, but renewal is necessary every two years from the date an initial license was issued. Oregon contractor license bond terms are the same as the contractor license. This means a surety bond renewal is required at the same time a license renewal takes place. Your surety company provides renewal details prior to the expiration date of the Oregon contractor license bond.