For many small businesses, the bonding process can seem confusing and overwhelming. Here are some answers to common questions:
What is a bond?
A bond is a guarantee. Payment bonds guarantee that workers, subcontractors and suppliers will be paid, while performance bonds guarantee that a project will be accomplished according to plan.
Why is a bond necessary?
Surety bonds for public works are mandated by Texas Government Code Chapter 2253 and required by HISD Board policy. These surety bond requirements benefit project owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. A surety bond guarantees the job will be completed, and the workers and suppliers will be paid. The ability to rely on a surety bond enables HISD to award jobs to a diverse variety of contractors. The assurance of a surety bond may also help contractors secure more favorable payment terms for supplies and subcontract agreements. Suppliers and subcontractors can participate in projects, confident they can pursue payment from a bond if payments they are entitled to are not made.
You must obtain a bond from a licensed Texas insurance agent. You can find an agent by consulting any of the following:
Approval time depends on the agency and the bond requested, but it usually takes up to five business days.
The following documents are necessary to complete the bond application process:
Bond forms are available on-line on the HISD Procurement Services website at www.Houstonisd.org, click on Departments, scroll down and select Procurement Services, click on Forms and Documents, choose RFP General Information.pdf, then select Bond Forms.