Surety Bonds for Colorado Commercial, Industrial and Residential Construction Projects
Orcutt Insurance Group can provide surety bonds for Colorado or Denver construction industry related businesses, jobs or projects. We partner with multiple bond companies to offer the following types of surety bonds:
- License and Permit
- Any other construction related bond
Below we have provided an overview that includes more details on the types of bonds we provide with information for all parties involved. Please contact Orcutt Insurance Group to obtain bonds for your construction projects. The info below should help you understand what you are purchasing and why it is required. We hope you find this information useful. Our agency can also help with WRAP or OCIP policies, general liability, builders risk, workers compensation, commercial auto, tools and equipment insurance and any other construction related insurance product.
Why surety bonds?
The way project owners evaluate and manage risks on construction projects and make fiscally responsible decisions to ensure timely project completion are crucial to their success. Since private owners cannot afford to gamble on a contractor whose reliability is uncertain or who could end up bankrupt halfway through the job, a surety bond is a great safety net for the investment.
What is Suretyship?
Suretyship is a very specialized line of insurance that is created whenever one party guarantees performance of an obligation by another party.
What is a Surety Bond?
A surety bond is a written agreement where one party, the surety, obligates itself to a second party, the obligee, to answer for the default of a third party, the principal.
Types of Surety Bonds
Contract (or Corporate) Surety Bond
The contract (or corporate) surety bond provides financial security and construction assurance for building and construction projects by assuring the project owner (obligee) that the contractor (principal) will perform the work and compensate certain subcontractors, laborers and material suppliers, as outlined via their contract. Contract surety bonds include:
- Bid bonds provide financial assurance that the bid has been submitted in good faith and that the contractor intends to enter into the contract at the price bid and provide the required performance and payment bonds.
- Performance bonds protect the owner from financial loss should the contractor fail to perform the contract in accordance with its terms and conditions.
- Payment bonds guarantee that the contractor will pay certain subcontractors, laborers and material suppliers associated with the project.
- Maintenance bonds guarantee against defective workmanship or materials for a specified period.
- Subdivision bonds make guarantees to cities, counties or states that the principal will finance and construct certain improvements such as streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, sewers and drainage systems.
Commercial Surety Bond
Commercial surety bonds guarantee performance by the principal of the obligation or undertaking described in the bond. Commercial surety bonds include:
- License and permit bonds are required by state law or local regulations in order to obtain a license or permit to engage in a particular business (contractors, motor vehicle dealers, securities dealers, employment agencies, health spas, grain warehouses, liquor and sales tax).
- Judicial and probate bonds, also referred to as fiduciary bonds, secure the performance on a fiduciaries’ duties and compliance with court orders (administrators, executors, guardians, trustees of a will, liquidators, receivers and masters). Judicial proceedings court bonds include injunction, appeal, indemnity to sheriff, mechanic’s lien, attachment, replevin and admiralty.
- Public official bonds guarantee the performance of duty by a public official, (treasurers, tax collectors, sheriffs, judges, court clerks and notaries).
- Federal (non-contract) bonds are required by the federal government (Medicare and Medicaid providers, customs, immigrants, excise and alcoholic beverage).
- Miscellaneous bonds include lost securities, lease, guarantee payment of utility bills, guarantee employer contributions for union fringe benefits and workers’ compensation for self-insurers.
Who Are the Three Parties That Make Up the Surety Agreement?
- The principal is the party that undertakes the obligation.
- The surety company guarantees the obligation will be performed.
- The obligee is the party who receives the benefit of the bond.
How is Suretyship Similar to Other Forms of Insurance?
- State insurance commissioners regulate both.
- They both provide a safety net for financial loss.
How is Suretyship Different?
- In traditional insurance, the risk is transferred to the insurance company. However, in a suretyship, the risk remains with the principal and the protection of the bond is designated for the obligee.
- In traditional insurance, the insurance company assumes that part of the premium for the policy will be paid out in losses. Yet, in true suretyship, the premiums paid are “service fees” charged for the use of the surety company’s financial backing and guarantee.
- In underwriting traditional insurance products, the goal is to “spread the risk,” while in a suretyship, surety professionals view their underwriting as a form of credit. Therefore, the emphasis is on the pre-qualification and selection process.
Since 1893, the U. S. Government has required contractors on federal public works contracts to obtain surety bonds to guarantee that they will perform such contracts and pay certain labor and material bills. The current federal law on federal public works is known as the Miller Act. It requires performance and payment bonds for all public work contracts in excess of $100,000 and payment protection, with payment bonds the preferred method, for contracts in excess of $25,000. Almost all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and most local jurisdictions have enacted similar legislation requiring surety bonds on public works as well. These are generally referred to as “Little Miller Acts.”
While surety bonds are mandated by law on public works projects to protect taxpayer dollars, the use of surety bonds on privately-owned construction projects is at the owner’s discretion. Alternative forms of financial security, such as letters of credit and self-insurance, don’t guarantee performance or payment protection of a surety bond or assure that a contractor is competent
Thank you for your consideration. Please contact us to discuss your bond and insurance needs.
The Orcutt Group Team