Earthwork land disturbing bonds known specifically as the Tree Conservation Bond and Erosion Control Bond are required in the City of Hoover to maintain ethical land treatment. The Erosion Control Bond must be filed by any person or contractor with a project involving land disturbance, clearing, or soil erosion. The Tree Conservation Bond must be filed by those working on irrigation or landscaping contracts.
Buying your Erosion Control Bond or Tree Conservation Bond (otherwise known as a Landscape Buffer Bond) with Jet allows you to work directly with the surety carrier who backs your bond; you will not have to deal with unnecessary middlemen who increase the cost of your bond to cover their commission.
The cost for the Tree Conservation and Erosion Control Bonds starts at $100 per year with Jet. The rates offered will range based on the bond limit required and a soft credit check. See the chart below for an example of rates a preferred credit applicant can receive.
You will be assigned a bond limit by the administrator based on your bond. For Tree Conservation Bonds, Section 6.1 of Appendix 1, Article 13 states that the limit will be 110% of the cost of the tree conservation plan. For Erosion Control Bonds, the limit is priced per acre, with any portion of an acre counted in full, and the work that is being done as indicated in Section 12-101 of Chapter 12, Article 4: $1,000 per acre for clearing only or $3,000 per acre for land disturbance, soil erosion, earthwork, or clearing. If any work is being done on land that is vulnerable to landslides (including floodways and floodplains), the limit will be twice the amount calculated by acreage as indicated above.
To apply for your Hoover Tree Conservation Bond or Erosion Bond, you will go through Jet’s simple, online application, submitting only the necessary information. A social security number is needed to conduct a soft credit check. Don’t worry, this won’t affect your credit! After you complete the application, you may receive a quote that is ready to purchase instantly; or, your bond may need further review by a Jet team member. After a quick inspection, you will be emailed a quote that you can purchase right away. Once your purchase is complete, you will receive a digital copy of the bond and your receipt to keep in your personal files.
Jet can send the original copy directly to the City of Hoover, or if you need to file it yourself, you can choose to do so when submitting payment. You must file the original bond by mailing it to:
Hoover Building Inspections
2020 Valleydale Rd, Suite 103
Hoover, AL 35244
The bond must be active during the course of the work being done (up to a year after the certificate of occupancy is issued). After the work has finished, an inspection must be completed along with a Tree Conservation Bond Release or Erosion Control Bond Release. If the bond is cancelled prematurely, you are obligated to file a substitute bond until the release of your bonding requirement.
Tree Conservation Bonds and Erosion Control Bonds help guarantee that contractors will carry out the agreement of the permit or the applicable regulations. When working on land disturbance or soil erosion projects, contractors are obligated to follow the statues of the Hoover Code of Ordinances Chapter 12, Article 4, such as having legal discharges, accurate reporting, and prevention of storm water pollution and other hazards to soil and land in Hoover. Those who carry a Tree Conservation Bond must follow Appendix 1, Article 13 of the Hoover Code to support a healthy land ethic.
If the City finds violation of these codes, it will enforce the process found in Section 12-108 of the Hoover Code:
The contractor has an opportunity to correct any issues to avoid further disciplinary action. If the violation continues or is not corrected, the City will punish the violator with a fine of $100–$500 and/or time in jail up to 180 days. The City can also file a claim on the bond to be reimbursed for incomplete work that was promised through the permit.
As a contractor operating in the City of Hoover, it may be possible that a statewide Contractor License Bond may be required.