Overview of Minnesota Contractor Bonding Requirements

A number of contractor classifications require a contractor license before they can legally operate in Minnesota. These include the following contractors:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical/Elevator
  • Sewage
  • Mechanical
  • Masonry
  • Sidewalk
  • Water conditioning
  • Technology systems

Locations such as Brainerd, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, have supplementary requirements for some contractors as well.

Each type of bond has specific terms that you need to comply with. However, the purpose of all of these bonds is similar: to provide an extra layer of protection for project owners, and to guarantee the quality of work by contractors.

If the contractor has breached the terms of a contractor or has failed to comply with an applicable regulation, they can face a bond claim which will provide compensation to affected parties.

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Continue reading for bond amounts and an overview of the bonding costs you can expect.

Minnesota Contractor Bond Cost

Each of these bonds has a specific bond amount set on a state or local level which refers to its maximum protection. In other words, if you post a $5,000 surety bond and there is a valid claim against you, it cannot exceed $5,000.

Below are bond amounts, as well as projected premiums based on credit score.

Minnesota Contractor License Bond Cost Based on Credit Score
Location Bond Type Surety Bond Amount Above 700 Between 650-699 Between 600-649 Below 599
Statewide
Water Conditioning Contractor Bond $3,000 $100 $100 $100-$150 $150-$300
Individual Sewage Treatment Contractor Bond $10,000 $100-$150 $100-$300 $250-$500 $500-$1,000
Masonry Contractor Class A License Bond $10,000 $100-$150 $100-$300 $250-$500 $500-$1,000
Residential Roofer Contractor Bond $15,000 $112-$225 $150-$450 $375-$750 $750-$1,500
Technology System Contractor Bond/td> $25,000 $187,5 $187,5-$625 $625-$1,250 $1,250-$2,500
Plumbing Contractor Bond $25,000 $187,5 $187,5-$625 $625-$1,250 $1,250-$2,500
Electrical Contractor Bond $25,000 $187,5 $187,5-$625 $625-$1,250 $1,250-$2,500
Mechanical Contractor Bond $25,000 $187,5 $187,5-$625 $625-$1,250 $1,250-$2,500
St. Paul
Sidewalk Contractor Bond $5,000 $100 $100 $125-$250 $250-$500
Minneapolis
Specialty Contractor Bond $10,000 $100-$150 $100-$300 $250-$500 $500-$1,000
Sidewalk Contractor Bond $15,000 $112-$225 $150-$450 $375-$750 $750-$1,500

These estimates are based on your credit score, the most important piece of information that surety bond companies examine. However, in some circumstances, the surety may look at additional factors. These include:

  • Personal financial statements
  • Business financial statements
  • Business history/age
  • Industry experience of the owner(s)

If you want to learn more, consult our surety bond cost guide, where you’ll find some useful tips on reducing your premium.

Information for Applicants with Bad Credit

Surety underwriters consider applicants with bad credit, no credit, or credit report issues (such as tax liens and civil judgments) as high-risk. This is why premiums are always higher if you fall under one of these categories.

Still, with our Bad Credit Program we can issue a bond for even the hardest cases, so you can rest assured your low credit score is not a problem. The only exception to this rule are applicants with open bankruptcies and late child support payments.

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Minnesota Contractor License Requirements

Posting a surety bond is just one requirement you need to satisfy as part of your licensing application. To become licensed as a contractor in Minnesota, you will need to submit an application, which you can do electronically. Your application will include information such as:

  • Minnesota tax identification number (if required)
  • Federal employer identification number (if required)
  • Full legal name
  • Social security number
  • Business address
  • Proof of active status of business filings with the Secretary of State
  • Proof of compliance with insurance and employment laws

Your license expires on December 31 of odd years, and you shouldn’t forget to submit a renewal application well in advance: starting October but no later than December 1. Otherwise, your license may expire before the state has processed your renewal request.

At the time of submitting a renewal application, you must also have a valid contractors license bond if your contractor classification requires it.