The California contractor disciplinary bond is a bond mandated by the California contractor state licensing board (CSLB) for contractors who have previous had their license suspended due to disciplinary action. The bond amount required ranges from $25,000 to $150,000, at the discretion of the CSLB. The average cost of this bond ranges from 3%-8% of the bond amount.
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Required By: California Contractor State Licensing Board (CSLB)
Bond Amount: Minimum $25,000, up to $150,000
A CA disciplinary bond is required for any CSLB licensed contractors who has had their license suspended or revoked. Contractors who have had previous infractions are at a higher risk of violating contractor rules, hence why this bond is in place to safeguard against future infractions. Getting a disciplinary bond is often the first step towards getting a suspended license reinstated.
The minimum bond amount used to be $15,000 for CA disciplinary bonds; however, since Jan 1st, 2023 the new minimum bond amount for a CA disciplinary bond is $25,000. It can go up to $150,000. The bond amount varies and is determined by the CSLB on a case by case basis. CSLB determines the bond amount based on the severity of a contractor's infraction. For repeat offenders, the bond amount can be the full $150,000.