Changes in Home Improvement Contractor Licensing Bonds to Come

Written by JoAnn Smith on . Posted in Commercial Bonds, Iowa, Kansas, Legislation, License and Permit Bonds, Oklahoma, Oregon, Surety Bond Blog, Texas

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With the housing business expecting to improve over the next few years, we can look forward to seeing legislation move towards home improvement contractors being more tightly licensed, especially when it comes to their contractor licensing bonds. One trend is that fewer and fewer states will allow a statewide home improvement contractors license. Most state boards are moving towards licensing for specific types of home improvement such as roofing, or making the licenses connected with a specific location or city.

Contractor Licensing Bonds Required

A good example of this is Iowa, which recently enacted legislation that would create a license and contractors licensing bonds requirement for sheet metal contractors. This will being these contractors into the fold with other home improvement contractor licensing requirements for the state. In Kansas they now require registration certification and a contractor licensing bond posting for anyone considering opening operations as a roofing contractor in the state.

In Oregon, contractors that assess home energy performance scores will need to have a contractors license and to obtain a surety bond in the amount of $10,000 in addition to fulfilling all the requirements of a home contractor for Oregon. In Texas and Oklahoma legislation was introduced to require roofing contractors to post surety bonds along with their new licensing requirements, but in both states the bill was fought and stopped.

More Surety Bond Changes

You can be sure that this is not the last you will hear about new contractor licensing bonds, however. In some states, the changes have been to remove surety bond requirements for licencing in related contractor businesses. For anyone that works as a radon mitigation or measurement professional in Kentucky, the surety bond requirements that were enacted last year have been revoked.

In addition, master plumbers and gas fitters in Alabama that were facing the possibility of new surety bond requirements for the coming year will be interested to hear that this bill has been defeated. The bill would have changed the current city and county bonds to a statewide bond. As noted earlier, that trend seems to be reversing itself as more and more states reject the concept of a statewide contractor surety bond requirement.

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