Some state and local governments require land owners to secure a subdivision bond prior to making improvements to land within a subdivision. These improvements could involve electrical lines, sidewalks, grading, sewers, etc. The subdivision bond covers every aspect of construction, guaranteeing that the required improvements are completed correctly and on-time.
What is a Subdivision Bond?
Subdivision bonds are also known as:
- Developer Bonds
- Land Improvement Bonds
- Site Improvement Bonds
- Plat Bonds
- Completion Bonds
- Performance Bonds
While some may refer to subdivision bonds as performance bonds, there is one major difference between them: the principal of the subdivision bond must pay the cost of the project rather than the obligee and regardless of who the principal is. Traditionally, the owner or developer secures the bond for construction. If the contractor agrees to do that, then the contractor is obligated to complete the improvements and pay the bills, whether or not the owner or developer pays the contractor.
Who needs Subdivision Bonds?
Subdivisions are a growing construction segment, and government agencies require bonds on subdivision projects to ensure that contractors meet project expectations.
There are two benefits for the obligee:
- In the event the contractor fails to complete the subdivision project, the surety will provide the required money to complete it according to the terms of the bond. The surety will then require the principal to reimburse them for the full amount paid.
- Subdivision bonds allow developers to file plats with the county or city before completing construction of the development. The accuracy of the plat is important because it gives an accurate description of a section of land as well as the people, things, and access ways on the tract.
How Much Do Subdivision Bonds Cost?
Subdivision bond cost is based on the following:
- Contract size and terms
- Dollar amount of the requested bond
- Principal/contractor work history
- Principal/contractor credit score
- Principal/contractor financial qualifiers
The premium of a subdivision bond is typically 3% of the bond amount, but that can vary based on the above. To find out how much your subdivision bond will cost, request a quote today.
How do you get a Subdivision Bond?
Subdivision bonds typically require the following:
- Background check and additional financial information
- Information on the principal’s capacity, experience, finances, and character
- Credit check
- Bond application
- Project scope
- Project cost
- Project funding source(s)
For certain types of projects, the surety may require the following:
- Three year-end financial reports
- Personal financial statements
- Project completion history
- Banking information
- Business plans
- Applicable partnerships, trusts, or operating agreements
Your Brunswick Companies bond specialist will let you know exactly what you need to provide to get your specific subdivision bond quoted and processed.