Summit County Contractor License Bond

Who Requires a Summit County Contractor Bond?

Summit County, Ohio requires all contractors to obtain a contractor license bond as part of the licensing process. The following contractors apply to: 

  • Communication wiring, demolition
  • Electrical**
  • Fire alarm**
  • Fire suspension**
  • General contractor**
  • HVAC, hydronic**
  • Kitchen hood suppression**
  • Medical gas**
  • Plumbing**
  • Refrigeration**
  • Underground fire main**

Note that the ones ** also require a current State of Ohio License Certificate (O.C.I.L.B or State Fire Marshal).

All contractor license/registration bond amounts are set at $10,000.

What is a Summit County Contractor Bond?

A Summit County contractor bond provides a guarantee to the general public that the contractor will fulfill their obligations and will comply with applicable laws and regulations. If a contractor fails to complete a project or violates any laws stipulated in the Summit County Code of Ordinances, a customer can file a claim against the bond to seek compensation for any financial losses. To put it simply, the bond acts as a financial protection for customers and the public in Summit County. 

Additionally, the Ohio Revised Code mandates that contractors obtain a contractor license bond as a condition for obtaining and maintaining a contractor’s license. 

To learn more about contract bonds,  you can refer to our “What is a Bonded Contractor” article for more information 

How To Get a Summit County Contractor Bond

SuretyNow offers a Summit County contractor license bond for $90 for a 1 year term. Discounts are available if you are looking to purchase for a longer term. See our pricing table below for multi-year pricing. 

The Summit County contractor license bond can be issued instantly without credit/background checks. After purchase, we will mail a copy of the bond to you and you will need to submit the copy of the bond along with your license application to Summit County.

Bond Term Bond Cost
1 Year $90
2 Years $120
3 Years $200


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How To Get a Contractor License in Summit County, Ohio

To become a licensed general contractor in Summit County, the following must be presented in order to secure a contractor registration: 

  1. A completed contractor registration application
  1. A surety bond amount of $10,000
  1. Certificate of liability insurance
  1. Current O.C.I.L.B or State Fire Marshal’s license (if applicable)
  1. A registration fee of $145 (per registration) or $90 renewal fee (if paid prior to expiration)

Additional information about contractor license, commercial forms, and registration forms can be found in Summit County website under resources and forms.

Applications may be submitted to:

Building Standards Division

1030 East Tallmadge Avenue

Akron, Ohio 44310