Virginia Contractors License Bond

Bond Penalty: $50,000

A Virginia contractors license bond is required under certain circumstances when a contractor applies for authority to operate in the Commonwealth. The trigger for the surety bond requirement is contractor "net worth". Virginia contractors are classified by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, Board for Contractors. The classes are defined with some exceptions for specialty trades:

  • Class A contractors perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements when (i) the total value referred to in a single contract or project is $120,000 or more, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any twelve-month period is $750,000 or more.
  • Class B contractors perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements when (i) the total value referred to in a single contract or project is $10,000 or more, but less than $120,000, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any twelve-month period is $150,000 or more, but less than $750,000.
  • Class C contractors perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements when (i) the total value referred to in a single contract or project is over $1,000 but no more than $10,000, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any twelve-month period is no more than $150,000.
  • Note: Landscape Irrigation and Water Well contractors must be licensed as a Class A, Class B or Class C contractor regardless of the dollar amount of the project or contract.

The Code as codified obligates a contractor to file a Virginia contractors license bond as "proof of financial responsibility" if the contractor's financial condition falls below certain thresholds. Per the DPOR, excluding any property owned as tenants by the entirely, applicants for a Class A license must document a net worth or equity of $45,000 and Class B license applicants must document a net worth or equity of at least $15,000. The require subjects the obligation to adverse selection. The surety bond guarantees that the contractor will comply with Chapter 11 (§ 54.1-1100 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia and all Board Regulations. The bond form contains a split-claims provision. The maximum amount payable by the surety for a claim arising out of a single transaction which meets the requirements as set forth in § 54.1-1120.1 of the Code of Virginia shall be $20,000 but limits the surety's aggregate liability, regardless of the number of single claims made against the bond or the number of years the bond is in force, to the penal sum of the bond.

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