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The Full Texas Contractor License Bond Guide

While there is no statewide bonding requirement for contractors, many cities and municipalities in Texas require applicants to post a contractor license bond. Different types of contractors may have to get bonded.

The purpose of the bond is to ensure your legal compliance with applicable state and local regulations in the state of Texas. It protects your customers and the state of Texas from potentially harmful activities on your side.

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Questions about Contractor License Bonds in Texas

When Do You Need a Texas Contractor Bond?

You don’t need to post a contractor license bond to obtain a state license in Texas. Some cities and counties, however, require you to get bonded prior to operating on their territories.

The goal of your Texas contractor bond is to ensure you will complete your construction work according to the law. This entails complying with building codes, making due tax payments, and fulfilling your contracts.

In the table below, you can find out the cities and counties in Texas that require contractors to get bonded, as well as the amounts you’ll need to post.

If you’re ready to apply, you can use our online application form to get a free quote for your bond. You can also use our easy bond calculator below.

In case you want to bid on public or private construction projects, you may also need another type of bond, so make sure to review our contractor's bond guide too.

What Is the Contractor Bond Cost in Texas?

Your city or municipality authorities set the bond amount you have to provide. The bond cost is a small percentage of this amount, called the bond premium.

The most important factor that influences your cost is your personal credit score. Your surety may also consider your business finances, fixed and liquid assets, and industry experience.

You can check an estimate of your bond price in the table below.

Your Texas Contractor License Bond Cost per License Type
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
Andrews contractor $25,000 $250
Bastrop contractor $10,000 $100
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
Granbury contractor $5,000 $100
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
Lakeway contractor $10,000 $100
Lufkin contractor $5,000 $100
Midland contractor $10,000 $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

* This table provides a ballpark estimate of potential bond costs. Bond pricing can fluctuate over time due to a number of factors. For exact pricing, please complete an application.

Want to know more about the way your bond price is formulated? Don’t miss our extensive How Much Does a Surety Bond Cost? guide.

For any questions about your Texas contractor bond, you can call us at (877)-514-5146 to speak with our bonding experts.

What Are the Texas Contractors License Requirements?

To get a Texas general contractor license or a specialty license, you’ll need to fulfill the requirements of your local authorities. Their criteria vary and also depend on the license type you’d like to obtain.

If you want to become a plumber, you’ll need a license from the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE). The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) regulates the work of HVAC, electrical, and water well driller contractors, so you’ll need to complete its licensing requirements.

You can review the different requirements in our Texas Contractor License Guide.

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