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City of Los Angeles – Sewer / Storm Drain Connection Bond

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Are you a Los Angeles based contractor that works on sewer or storm drains connecting to city infrastructure?  If so, be sure to complete the Los Angeles Bonded Sewer Contractor program prior to performing any work to avoid violating city law.  While some contractors may be unfamiliar with the program, we’ve provided a quick rundown […]

Why Get A California Business Services Bond?

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Many consumers dread the thought of having strangers in their home or business to perform a specific task such as cleaning or painting because you never know who you can or can’t trust.  What if something gets stolen?  Because of this, many savvy consumers will check to see if the business they are hiring is […]

California Contractors License Application & Exam Study Guide

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Prospective California contractors looking to become licensed for the first time, or existing contractors looking to add a new classification are often overwhelmed by a complicated process that can include lengthy applications and processing times, state administered examinations and background checks just to name a few. To help simplify the process, this guide will consolidate […]

What Is The Difference Between Being Bonded And Insured?

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California contractors often confuse contractors bonding with liability insurance as they are both highly common in the California construction industry with more than 95% of contractors utilizing bonding according to some estimates, while liability insurance is perhaps the most common form of insurance purchased.  Many contractors understandably think they are quite similar when in fact, […]

California Construction Bid Opportunities List

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How To Find & Bid on Construction Jobs in California The following free California construction bid opportunities resource has been put together by Surety First, Inc. to help contractors find and bid on construction projects in their local CA area/region. Our list provides bid opportunities available in all major California cities including San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, […]

California Increasing Contractors License Bond Requirement To $15,000

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On October 8th, 2015, California governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 467 into law that increases the license bond requirement from $12,500 to $15,000 for California contractors, among other new provisions. The law will take effect January 1st, 2016, though more information regarding implementation details will likely follow shortly.  While several bills signed into law […]

California Construction Bid Opportunity’s List – 6/3/2015 Edition

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Wednesday, June 3rd edition of the California Construction Bid Opportunity’s List, a weekly compilation of construction project opportunity’s throughout the state for contractors to bid on. Should any of the projects listed require a contract bond such as a bid bond, performance bond or a payment bond, our agency would be happy to provide an […]

Are Cheaper Contractor Bonds Always Better?

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One of the more common requests we get is from contractors contacting our office looking for “cheap contractor bonds” or “cheap bond companies.” It’s a request we can relate to because when it comes to making any purchase in life whether large or small, price is always an important consideration. Bond premiums can fluctuate greatly […]

What Is Contractors Bond Form 13b-1?

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Have you been told you need to complete contractors bond form 13b-1 by the CSLB but aren’t sure what it is? Lets back up and start with the basics. As most California contractors know, they are required to have an active $15,000 license bond on file with the registrars of the Contractors State License Board […]

Fixing A Contractors Bond Suspension

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Every month, hundreds of California contractors will have their license suspended by the Contractors State License Board as a result of not having an active contractors license bond (or bond alternative) on file as required by the CSLB, making it illegal for a contractor to operate until the situation is remedied. While this situation can […]

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