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New Requirements For State Of Washington Plumbing Contractors 2022

In the few paragraphs below these changes will be explained. So Keep Reading to avoid any penalties and fines!!!!

The Legislature has created a new licensing category of construction contractors called licensed plumbing contractors. Starting July 1, 2021 only contractors with this license can do plumbing work.

To be licensed, plumbing contractors will be required, among other things, to carry both a:

Washington Continuous Contractor Surety Bond

You will need a bond in the amount of $6,000. The Washington Plumber’s Bond is usually under $200 a year if your credit is good above 700 and no bankruptcies. These bonds can be issued in a matter of minutes and can be emailed to you.

Bond under 200$

General liability insurance

General Liability Insurance policy covering up to:
$50,000 for injury or property damages, $100,000 for injury or death to one person, and
$200,000 for injury or death to more than one person.

Policy limits chart

A Plumber’s General Liability Insurance Policy can be purchased in most cases. This will allow you to be in compliance with the new law. It will also protect you from any fines or penalties for operating your business without the proper insurance.


$250,000 combined per occurrence

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The new plumbing license is a big change for current general construction and specialty plumbing contractors. They will no longer meet state requirements to perform plumbing work under their current contractor registration.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is implementing the new law.

Here is some information about the new law from L&I that may help you:

L&I will no longer register contractors under the “construction contractor specialty plumbing” category starting July 1, 2021. 

  • If contractors with that existing registration want to become licensed plumbing contractors, they must obtain a new bond for the new license.

Some contractors may want to obtain the new plumbing contractor license and maintain their general construction contractor registration.

  • A separate bond will be required for each registration and license. 

Contractors can use their liability insurance to meet both general construction contractor registration and licensed plumbing contractor requirements. 

  • However, they must submit separate certificates of general liability insurance for each license and registration showing the correct L&I program as the certificate holder.

As an example:
A general construction contractor’s certificate of insurance would name L&I Contractor Registration Section as a policyholder.

certificate comparison

A licensed plumbing contractor’s certificate would name L&I Plumber Certification Program.

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Written by: Tom Hester
Tom has worked in the insurance industry since 2005, where he has become a source of knowledge. He’s gained a reputation as a writer. He has published a series of ebooks about insurance, like “A complete guide for Contractors Insurance and Handyman Insurance” and “Understanding Builders Risk Insurance.”