Overview of Right of Way Bond Requirements

The right of way bond, also known as a ROW bond, is a specific type of bond for contractors who work on the public ‘right-of-way’.

Right-of-way extends a number of feet from the curb towards property, and it is that section that certain contractors may have work to perform on. Work performed on the right-of-way may include installing or repairing utilities, signals,sewers, sidewalks, streetlights and more.

Typically, the right-of-way bond is required of contractors or developers who connect their development to a public road and must be posted prior to beginning work. Often such a bond is also required in order to obtain a right-of-way permit, before work can commence.

The bond guarantees that bonded contractors will comply with their permit or license conditions and perform according to contract. Its function is to secure protection for the public and the state, county or city in cases when contractors or developers do not comply with regulations, and cause damages or losses. In such cases, a claim can be filed against the bond, and the surety may compensate claimants up to the full penal sum of the bond.

Some states, such as Indiana and Louisiana require right of way bonds on state level, whereas in other states such bonds are required on a county and city level.

Below is a list of some of the many places in the U.S. that require such a bond, though the list is not exhaustive.

Locations requiring a right of way bond
Colorado Grand County, City of Wheat Ridge, City of Brighton, City of Northglenn
Florida Pasco County, County of Pinellas, Lee County, City of Jacksonville
Iowa City of Cedar Rapids
Maryland Montgomery County
Michigan City of Kentwood
Minnesota City of Golden Valley
Missouri City of Liberty, City of Grandview
North Carolina City of Raleigh
Oregon City of Portland
Texas City of Austin, City of San Antonio
Virginia City of Newport News, City of Norfolk, City of Roanoke
Washington Snohomish County, City of Takoma, City of Seatac, City of Olympia

Furthermore, there are statewide requirements in Indiana and Louisiana. Always check with your local authority prior to applying to get bonded as bonding requirements are subject to change.

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Right of Way Bond Cost

The cost of your bond is a small percentage of the total amount of the bond, requested by your licensing authority. The bond amount may differ greatly between different states, though generally ROW bonds are somewhere between $5,000 and $30,000.

The amount of your bond may also depend on the type of permit you are applying for. Some places, such as the City of Liberty, Missouri, have a $5,000 permit specific bond, and a $50,000 annual bond, allowing permit holders to do any type of such work during that year. Other examples of bond amounts are: $15,000 in the City of Tacoma, WA; $10,000 in the City of Cedar Rapids, IA; $5,000 - $10,000 in the City of Austin, TX, and so forth.

The cost of your bond is a fraction of the total amount, and that fraction is determined by sureties when you apply for your bond. Sureties look at your personal credit score, as well as certain other financial indicators, to determine the quote they can offer you. The higher your score, the lower the rate you will be offered by the surety - typically 1% - 3% for high credit applicants.

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