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Bid Bonds

Bid Bond is a prequalification indicating that the contractor is bondable for the performance and payment bond should they be read low or chosen by an Owner/GC/CM that they will enter into the contract and provide a Performance and Payment Bond.  

Performance Bonds

Performance Bonds offer assurance that the bonded contractor will perform according to all contract documents.

Payment Bonds

Payment Bonds offers an assurance that the bonded contractor pays for all materials and labor associated with the documents related to the contract.

While each of these bonds have specific criteria that has to be met to secure them, Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC knows what is needed up front to help expedite the process.  With our years of experience we know the best way to approach a surety to present a solid opportunity.  This is because we specialize in assisting contractors when any of these types of bonds are needed.  We can handle everything from simple/small bonds to more complex/larger bonds.  We’ve virtually seen it all.

The specialists at Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC can assist you with your application(s) today. Call or visit our website to learn more information.


For more information about our bonds visit our website or call 248-349-6227

Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC works with new and experienced contractors to find and solidify the most appropriate bond needed. We are a distinct surety-bond-only agency with decades of bonding experience. We’ll work with you to discover all the bonding solutions for any case, ranging from ordinary to challenging.

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Contractor License Bonds

Contractor License or Permit Bond: A contract license or permit bond involves three different parties: the obligee, the principal, and the surety. It is a promise that the surety makes to pay the obligee in case the principal fails to fulfill their statutory requirements. These bonds are typically required by cities, states, and municipalities.

Contractor License & Permit Bonds are required by individual municipalities throughout Michigan and around the country in order for construction work to be permitted. State licensing boards, and local municipalities all routinely require contractors to file a bond of one type or another to guarantee specific work done.


To obtain licensure or a permit, contractors need to get a license or permit bond from a surety bond company. The three parties involved are the Contractor (principal), the City, State or Municipality (obligee), and the Insurance Carrier (surety). The contractor license & permit bond not only benefits the contractor by allowing them to perform work within that jurisdiction; it helps others who could be involved or affected by unethical and costly business decisions. The bond ensures that the principal contractor will provide services in accordance with the Statute or Ordinance’s laws of the city and state or municipality, such as adhering to building codes.  

If the contractor fails to fulfill the terms of the Statute or Ordinance within the jurisdiction the bond would pay damages caused/ sought by the affected party through the Obligee (City, State or Municipality). However, the surety will not simply absorb the loss. If a claim is made against the bond, the principal must reimburse the surety for any money they paid out when settling it. To get rates for a Contractor Bond, contact us today!


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What is an Appeal Bond?

An appeal bond is required of a petitioner to set aside a judgment or execution from which the other party may be made whole if the action is unsuccessful. These bonds help protect the court from frivolous appeals that cost the court time and money. Appeals are always posted by the losing party in a court case.

Appeal bonds are regularly required of defendants and occasionally plaintiffs’ party to a civil suit to secure a higher court review. They are supplied by the appellant (plaintiff), who is appealing the court’s judgment and is usually in the amount of the original ruling (though it could be more). Appeal bonds are also known as supersedeas bonds or safety net bonds.

Appeal bonds…

  • Serve as a safety net bond, which protects the court
  • Allow the court to stay judgments while cases are on appeal
  • Guarantee the defendant’s original judgment against them will be paid if they lose appeal
  • Are required by the Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 7
  • Must be paid to the court or a third party to demonstrate good faith

The amount of money required for the bond is often the actual judgment plus interest and is held while the appeal is debated. A paid assessment will protect the prevailing party if the losing party goes bankrupt during the appeal process. The appeal bond is also used to limit frivolous attempts in an appeal, as the appellant still has to pay the judgment upfront in the form of a bond, and might end up paying more ultimately, due to interest, fees, attorneys, etc. 


At Construction Bonding Specialists, we work with new and experienced contractors to find the most satisfactory bond solutions. As a distinct surety-bond-only agency with decades of bonding experience, we work to discover bond solutions for all types of bond cases ranging from ordinary to challenging. Contact us or call 248-348-6762 today. 

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What is a Subdivision Bond?

A subdivision bond is typically purchased by a landowner or developer when upgrades and/or changes are required by a local government authority. It guarantees the work is completed according to the terms set forth. In the agreement with the city, township, or municipality.

Examples of Subdivision Bonds

  • Street improvements (grading, paving, curbs, gutters)
  • Sidewalks
  • Storm drains
  • Water mains
  • Sewers
  • Landscape
  • Erosion control
  • Subdivision monumentation

These bonds provide financial assurance that the landowner will find and complete improvements through parcel land development.

Key parties involved in subdivision bonds:

  • Principal: the landowner/developer
  • Obligee: the city or municipality
  • Surety: the underwriter of the subdivision bond

A percentage of the engineer’s estimate for improvement costs are used to determine the subdivision bond amount. Subdivision bonds renew annually until a point at which the public entity requiring the bonds provides a release of the bond obligation to the surety. 

At Construction Bonding Specialists, we work with new and experienced contractors to find the most satisfactory bond solutions. As a distinct surety-bond-only agency with decades of bonding experience, we work to discover bond solutions for all types of bond cases ranging from ordinary to challenging. Contact us or call 248-348-6762 today.

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Your Bond Department is Open

License & Permit Bonds • • Contract Bonds
Motor Vehicle Dealer • • Release of Lien
Appeal Bonds • • Mortgage Broker
Wage & Fringe Benefit • • Standard Markets
Right-of-way Bonds • • Bid, Performance, and Payment Bonds
Visit our website for more information, or call (248) 349-6227
With over 20 years of experience in the bonding industry, we can handle virtually all of your
construction and miscellaneous bonding needs:

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STOP Hunting for Surety Bond Support


This is the perfect time of year, BEFORE Tax Season, to discuss or review bonding lines and possibilities.  It’s also where Construction Bonding Specialists, LLC can help.

  • If a contractor is looking to grow and will be doing more bonded work a strategic meeting NOW can significantly help them in the future.
  • Taxes will be coming due and the way that a contractor approaches their End of Year can directly affect how a Surety will look at them.
  • Now is the time to talk about bonding even with a contractor that doesn’t do a lot of bonded work.  Demystifying the process now will help them be more effective later.



Listed below are just a few of the Miscellaneous Bonds that we can process for you: 

  • ICC Broker Bonds
  • Non-Vessel Operator Common Carrier (NVOCC) Bonds
  • Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Bonds
  • DMEPOS Bonds (there is a new requirement for Dentists)
  • Release of Lien Bonds
  • Customs Bonds


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September Newsletter

Fall is certainly knocking on our door and with that there is a push to wrap up jobs.  Once all of the current jobs are finished oftentimes Municipalities and Schools find “surplus” monies that need to be spent prior to the years end.   Let us help make sure you’re ready to capitalize on these situations.

Final Consents of Surety

Its September, school is back in session and jobs for the schools are wrapping up.  Oftentimes a Final Consent of Surety is required by the Obligee.  If you are in need of a Final Consent of Surety here is the process to secure one:

  1. Forward the name and contact information of the person that Is overseeing the job.
  2. A Status Report is sent to this individual to have it completed.
  3. Once this Status Report is completed and returned to us, it will be reviewed for approval to issue the Final Consent.
  4. If there have been change orders the surety will bill for the additional exposure!  Always be aware of this and be sure to include your bonding cost when quoting change orders.
  5. Once the Surety approves it the Final Consent it will be issued.

DON’T FORGET:  Keep an eye out for additional opportunities that may arise and require a Bid Bond or Performance and Payment Bond.

Submissions Email

Please help us process your requests quicker by utilizing the following email for them:


This email will help assure that your request will receive the same, if not faster, attention that you have always received.  The email is monitored all day, every business day.  

Please make a note in your records and help us take great care of all of your bonding needs.

“Bonds Are All We Do!”

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Getting Bonds for Your Business

Construction is booming and with this increase, there has also been a increase in bonds as well. Keeping up with the growth means that it is vital to secured bonds quickly. With a little planning and having the right team in place to handle your bonding needs can make a huge difference.  What exactly is needed for a successful bonding team?  An agent and an accountant that fully understand the surety bonding marketplace; and your knowledge of the contract language on simple contracts (and possibly an attorney for the more complex contracts).  With the right people in place Bonds become a valuable piece of your business that help you secure the future growth you desire. 

What is a Surety Bond?

Just a quick brush up on what a surety bond is and why  Surety Bonds are more of a financial or credit tool that speaks to the financial strength of your company, as well as the experience in the industry and overall ability to complete a particular construction project. A bond is a third-party agreement, the bonding company is bound to the provisions in the contract making them, in essence, your silent partner. In order for them to become your partner, they will require you to sign an indemnity agreement, something an insurance policy doesn’t require.  This is the way a Surety company protects themselves should there be a loss.  The amount of information required for a surety bond depends greatly on the size of the job or program desired, the credit profile of the company and its owners. 

Why is the right agent important? 

Most Agents are very familiar with standard programs that are quick and easy. These programs have set rates and restrictions on how large the job can be.   However, having an agent that is well versed in the unique niche that is Surety Bonds can help you find a program more tailored to your needs.  As a company grows moving away from a quick program can provide larger single and aggregate limits, as well as rates that reflect the strength of your company.    For those contractors that have had a difficult time obtaining bonding in the past.  The right agent will be invaluable knowing where to get you started and know when to move you to another company as your company becomes more appealing to surety’s.  The right Agent understands what each surety’s appetite is, this is helpful as it saves time by approaching the right company first.  Additionally, they know when a business has developed and maybe even outgrown a surety and where to go next. To keep a good relationship with your bonding company so that bonds are easily accessible when needed there are things that a bonding agent will do.  They will meet with you prior to year-end and then again at the beginning of the new year. These meetings are key to keep your bonding line healthy and able to be utilized.  Maybe even to increase it if that is what you want to do. 

Keeping your best interest in mind, a bonding agent needs to be as responsive as you are on your job site.  Keep in mind the right agent in only as good as the information provided to them by you and your accountant.  If you are willing to provide information and listen to them, they can help you secure a bond program for your company for now and the future.

What role does an Accountant play in securing surety bonds?

Understanding how to structure a statement so that the Surety company sees your company’s assets in the best light is crucial.  Oftentimes this is the most painful part of the bonding process as surety companies need to see profits.  Profits to many accountants, and let’s face it all of us, mean more taxes.   A bond savy accountant understands and can work with the contractor to position you in the best light for the size of bonded jobs that you want to pursue.  Striking a balance between showing the profit a Surety Company needs to see and the amount of taxes you have to pay. 

The only other member of this team that we haven’t discussed is you the contractor.  Your knowledge and expertise of the projects you are looking at.  No one likes surprises in the middle of a job, including surety companies.

With the right team in place pursuing bonded work can become less intimidating.  It takes a little planning.  That is why, if you talk to your team working together now will help you be prepared for whatever bids may be coming up.  Get your team in place and grow your business.

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