Performance Bond Guide

What is a Bond?

Performance Bonds are designed to protect the employer of a contract in the event that a contractor fails to fulfil its contractual obligations. A Performance Bond is a type of Surety Bond and can also be known as a Performance Guarantee or Contract Bond.

The bond represents a percentage of the overall contract that the employer can call on in the event of the contractor defaulting on its obligations such as financial failure, delays to completion date or missed targets.

What are the typical requirements of a Performance Bond?

A Performance Bond will be based on set percentage of the contract and most commonly this will be 10%.

The contract will set out all Bond requirements including the amount of the Bond, when the Bond finishes and conditions on how the Bond can be called upon. All of these factors will determine the acceptability of a Bond wording to the Surety provider and the premium put forward.

Bonds can be issued either by an insurance company or by a bank, and the cost of the bond is usually borne by the contractor. The premium is calculated based upon the contractor’s financial strength, the Bond wording and its conditions.

I have a Retention Clause in my contract, do I still need a Performance Bond?

Retention Clauses are a standard clause in most construction contracts that see the Employer of the contract retain either 5 or 10% of the contract value in order to cover any faults in the contractor’s works.

This is not a Performance Bond and does not provide the Employer with any protection in the event of the Contractor failing to complete the project, typically due to financial failure.

It is common practice for Employers to include a Retention Clause as well as request you obtain a Performance Bond.


What information do I need to provide in order to obtain a Performance Bond?

Every contract and contractor is unique and there are various factors that will effect your ability to obtain a Performance Bond. However all Surety providers will need to see evidence of your financial strength alongside the details of the contract you are undertaking.

  • We provide bespoke advice to each client but as a starting point you will need to provide us with the following information:
  • Last 3 years of Profit and Loss accounts
  • Most recent set of Management Figures
  • Details on the company structure
  • A copy of the Contract and scope of works undertaken
  • A copy of the suggested Performance Bond Wording

It is vital that you provide your Surety broker with this information prior to agreeing to a Performance Bond as certain clauses or conditions within the Bond Wording may not be acceptable to the Surety market or significantly effect the premium you will be charged.

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