Texas Contractor Bond Requirements
In Texas, contractor license bonds are not required on the state level from all contractors, but some cities and counties have a bonding requirement in place.
The bond’s purpose can vary based on the location, but generally, it guarantees that contractors perform construction work in compliance with all applicable regulations. This includes following building codes, paying taxes on time, and respecting contractual obligations with clients.
You can check out the cities and counties with contractor bond requirements in place in the table below. You can review the contractor license types and the respective bond amounts required in these places.
With Bryant Surety Bonds, you can get the Texas contractor license bonds that you need for any location and license type in the state. Get started by completing our online application form.
Do you need to get bonded to participate in a public or private construction project? You can review our detailed contract bonds guide.
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How Much Does a Contractor Bond Cost in Texas?
The cost of your Texas contractor bond depends on the bond amount that your local authorities require you to post.
Your actual price is a fraction of the bond amount. It depends on the strength of your finances, with your personal credit score having the strongest influence. Other essential factors are your personal and business finances, fixed and liquid assets, and professional experience. If you have a good credit score and a clean credit report, you can get a premium as low as 1%.
In the table below, you can get a ballpark estimate for the bond required in your location.
|Texas Contractor License Bond Costs|
|License type||Bond Amount||Starting Price|
|Abilene building, building mover, roofing, or demolition contractor||$25,000||$250|
|Abilene swimming pool contractor||$10,000||$100|
|Abilene irrigation contractor||$5,000||$100|
|Amarillo landscape or irrigation, house moving, swimming pool, or water treatment equipment installation contractor||$10,000||$100|
|Amarillo residential remodeling, residential roofing, commercial roofing, or insulation contractor||$20,000||$200|
|Beaumont building contractor||$25,000||$250|
|Beaumont roofing contractor||$15,000||$150|
|Canyon general or roofing contractor||$20,000||$200|
|Cibolo residential building contractor||$25,000||$250|
|Fort Worth commercial parkway contractor||$25,000||$250|
|Fort Worth residential parkway contractor||$10,000||$100|
|Galveston general contractor||$25,000||$250|
|Horizon City building and construction contractor||$10,000||$100|
|Houston sidewalk, driveway, curb, and gutter builders contractor||$2,000||$100|
|Irving sign, concrete, or house moving contractor||$5,000||$100|
|Kerrville general contractor||$5,000||$100|
|Nederland building contractor||$15,000||$150|
|Olmos Park general contractor||$5,000||$100|
|Port Aransas contractor||$5,000||$100|
|Port Arthur building contractor||$15,000||$150|
|Port Neches building contractor||$15,000||$150|
|Sherman roofing contractor||$20,000||$200|
|Texas City general contractor||$5,000||$100|
|Universal City general, home improvement, irrigation, or sign contractor||$5,000||$100|
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Texas Contractors License Requirements
The requirements you’ll have to satisfy to obtain a general contractor license in Texas vary greatly, and the same goes for specialty contractors. The criteria are set by your local authorities, depending on the license type you’re applying for. For all license types, you’ll need to complete a relevant Texas contractor license application.
HVAC, electrical, and water well driller contractors need a state license from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Plumbing contractors have to get licensed with the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE). The respective state licensing authority sets the requirements for these types of contractors.