Washington Fire Sprinkler Contractor Bond

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Bond Penalty: $10,000 (Level 3 Systems Contractor)

A fire sprinkler contractor license bond is required from certain applicants wishing to obtain permission to operate in the State of Washington. Pursuant to RCW 18.160.010, a fire protection sprinkler system contractor" means a person or organization that offers to undertake the execution of contracts for the installation, inspection, maintenance, or servicing of a fire protection sprinkler system or any part of such a system. A licensee is denominated a "certificate of competency holder" and is subject to strict approval by the state Director of Fire Protection.

Per RCW 18.160.090, an applicant must file with the state director of fire protection a Washington fire sprinkler contractor surety bond issued by a surety company who meets specific qualifications. The surety bond must run to the state of Washington and be issued in the penal sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000). [$6,000 for level one and two systems contractors.] The bond guarantees that the contractor will pay all purchasers of fire protection sprinkler systems with whom the applicant has a contract for installation, inspection and/or maintenance of a fire protection sprinkler system, and who have obtained a judgment against the licensee for the breach of the same. Operators can also be licensed as specialty or general contractor which have separate surety bond requirements. Application materials should be submitted to:

Washington State Police
Helen Sommers Building
106 11th Avenue, S.W.
Olympia, WA 98501

Washington surety bond leader, Surety One, Inc. is a specialist in providing for the bonding needs of contractors. We offer this class of surety bond and performance bonds to all applicants in EVERY state where sprinkler contractors must be bonded. Although personal credit is a factor in surety bond underwriting, we have programs to fit every credit condition. Call (800) 373-2804, email Underwriting@SuretyOne.com or click here for a live chat regarding a Washington fire sprinkler contractor license bond application or to discuss your particular needs.

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A “contractor’s bond” is one of the most common surety bond needs in the North American market but what does that term mean? MANY different parties may require a contractor to provide a "bond". Private and public project owners, state licensing boards and local municipalities all routinely require contractors to file a bond of one type or another to guarantee very specific things. Generally the need will fall in to one of these categories:

  • License & Permit Bonds (L&P) - required by states and municipalities to issue a contractor license. These may be simply “obey the code” obligations, or can include onerous wage guarantees.
  • Third Party Fidelity Bonds - also known as dishonesty bonds, insure dishonesty losses resulting from the contractor and his or her employees’ actions while providing services on a client’s premises (this is what a party refers to when he says, "We are bonded.").
  • Contract performance bonds - bid bonds, payment and performance bonds for particular projects.

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