Wisconsin Contractor License Bond Requirements

A few different types of Wisconsin contractors have to obtain a contractor license bond as a part of their licensing with state or local authorities.

There is a state-wide bond requirement for obtaining a Wisconsin general contractor license. However, if you want to get a Wisconsin dwelling contractor license, you need to provide a bond to the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

You also need to get bonded if you want a contractor license in the City of Sheboygan, a natural gas contractor license in LaCrosse City, a concrete contractor in the City of Waukesha, and the City of West Allis, and a home improvement contractor license in Milwaukee.

Before you launch your contractor licensing process in Wisconsin, it’s best to check with your local authorities the exact bonding requirements you need to meet.

Why Is This Bond Required?

Wisconsin contractor license bonds work as a safety net that protects your customers. Their purpose is to ensure that you will adhere to applicable laws in your work as a licensed or registered contractor.

If you fail to complete a project or commit an illegal activity in another way, a harmed client can file a claim against the bond. The maximum compensation they can seek is the penal sum of the bond that you have posted.

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What’s the Cost of the Wisconsin Contractor License Bond?

The price that you need to pay to get bonded depends on the bond amount that the respective authorities require.

The amounts for different types of Wisconsin contractors are:

The cost of your bond is referred to as the premium. It is set based on the strength of your personal and business finances.

Factors That Determine Your Bond Cost

The most important factor that shapes your bond cost is your personal credit score. The higher it is, the lower your bond cost would be. For applicants with a FICO score of 700 and higher, the rates go as low as 1% of the required bond amount.

The other indicators that your surety considers in formulating your bond cost include:

  • Personal and business finances
  • Fixed and liquid assets that you showcase
  • Industry experience

For further details on how your bond price is set, you can consult our in-depth surety bond cost guide.

You can check an estimate of your contractor license bond cost based on your credit score in the table below.

Wisconsin Contractor License Bond Cost Based on Credit Score
License type Bond Amount Credit Score
Above 700 650-699 600-649 Below 599
Milwaukee home improvement contractors $1,000 $100 $100 $100 $100
City of West Allis concrete contractors $3,000 $100 $100 $100-$120 $100-$150
City of Waukesha concrete contractors $5,000 $100 $100-$150 $100-$200 $150-$250
City of Sheboygan contractors and LaCrosse City natural gas contractors $10,000 $100-$200 $150-$300 $200-$400 $300-$500
Wisconsin dwelling contractors $25,000 $250-$500 $375-$750 $500-$1,000 $750-$1,250

* The table provides a bond cost ballpark estimate based on the applicant's credit score. Actual bond prices can differ due to a number of factors. For an exact quote, please complete our online application. It's fast and 100% free!.

How to Get Your Surety Bond

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