Public Works Bond

Bonding:  Public Works Surety Bond Information

A bond is a surety document signed by the contractor and the surety company that assures the City that the requirements for work in the right of way and storm water will be met whether the project is completed or not. Contractors obtain bonds from surety companies or agents representing surety companies.

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Why do I need to provide a bond?  A bond is required so that the right of way and other project items can be completed in accordance with city standards the event that you do not meet your obligations.  
How much should the bond cover?  We accept bonds for 100% of the cost of all right of way work installation and restoration including all  storm water work (on public and private property).
Why do I need to bond on site storm water?  On site storm water bond is needed because it ties into the City’s storm water system and we need to make sure it is installed and installed properly.

Is there a standard form that the bond needs to be on?  Yes, please use the bond form (PDF).

In what format do you want the engineer’s estimate?  Excel is preferred, but it can be sent in any format.

Who reviews the estimate and accepts for the City?  Please send the estimate to Cregg Fortin via email,

Will you take a letter of credit instead of a bond?  Yes, a letter of credit is acceptable.

Will you take a check instead of a bond? Yes, a check or letter of credit is acceptable. Make check payable to City of Norfolk Treasurer and write "Cash Bond" on it.  Mail to: ROW Permits, 810 Union Street, Suite 201, Norfolk, VA 23510

What happens to the bond when the project is over?  The bond is reduced to 10% to 15% as a one year warranty from the date of certificate of occupancy unless otherwise identified by the ROW Construction Manager, Herb King. You must request the release via email at (details below) 

How do I request a bond, check, or letter of credit release?  Please send an email with your permit number and/or project address, bond number, LOC number or Check# at least 2 weeks before needed requesting release to the Right of Way Management Division at