The Tuscaloosa County Commission of Alabama requires contractors looking to perform street cut work (excavation), digging, paving, restoration, or maintenance on highways, streets, and sidewalks within a public right of way to acquire a permit and custom Tuscaloosa Right of Way Permit Bond.
At Jet Insurance Company, we provide the Right of Way Permit Bond as a required extra layer of assurance to Tuscaloosa County that the contractor will abide by the rules and regulations of their permit, specifically restoring work and surrounding areas to their permitted or original conditions. If the contractor fails to do so, the surety bond acts as a financial guarantee to cover losses caused.
Jet, the Tuscaloosa Right of Way Permit Bond’s cost starts as low as $100 annually. Review the chart below for additional examples of our low rates at various custom bond amounts.
Our prices are based on a small percentage of the custom bond limit, and for bonding amounts over a $25,000 limit, a soft credit check is required ⎼⎼⎼ but don't worry! This won't affect your personal credit score, and a Jet underwriter will quickly send you over an approved rate that is available for immediate purchase.
Applying for your bond: Jet’s application for the Tuscaloosa Right of Way Permit Bond is quick! We will ask for some basic information such as the required bond limit and possibly your social security number for a soft credit check, but as stated above, this is only for $25,000 and over bond limits. Once you have completed our bond application process and a rate has been provided, simply fulfill payment and the Jet team will immediately send you over a copy of your bond with the receipt.
Filing your bond. Jet can file your Tuscaloosa Right of Way Permit Bond for you, but if you would like to file the bond yourself, this option can be selected during checkout. The original, signed and sealed bond must be filed with Tuscaloosa County’s Public Works Department.
The original signed bond form should be sent to the following mailing address.
Public Works Department
2810 35th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Right of way permit applications can be found in the Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation; the application must contain justification for the work to be done, the location, start date, and the estimated completion date. This step should be taken before your surety bond is officially filed with the county.
Cancelling your bond: The Tuscaloosa Right of Way Permit Bond cannot be cancelled, as it is needed for the entire duration of your permit, and for 12 months following the approval of the completed permit work to account for the contractor’s warranty agreement. Liability of the bond will be released once this warranty period has officially ended. If you have any questions or concerns about your bond, you can email us at [email protected].
Renewing your bond: Your Tuscaloosa Right of Way Permit Bond is required to remain active for 12 months following the completion of the permitted work, therefore your bond will need to be renewed once your one year bond term is close to ending. Jet will send you over a renewal invoice in advance of the official expiration date. All we ask for is payment; the Jet team will take care of the rest!
The Tuscaloosa, Alabama Code of Ordinances Chapter 21, Sections 90-94 lists the rules and regulations that are expected to be followed by contractors performing street cut work (excavation), digging, paving, restoration, or maintenance on highways, streets, and sidewalks within a public right of way. As long as the permit and code is abided by, bond claims can easily be avoided.
A claim on the Right of Way Permit Bond typically occurs when the contractor fails to or is unwilling to complete the right of way work to the agreed upon permit standards. Public spaces that are used in conjunction with the work site must be restored to prior condition - no litter or tire tracks. It is in the best interest of the contractor to resolve any issues with Tuscaloosa County before severe disciplinary action and a hefty bond claim is pursued.
If a claim is filed on your bond, the Jet team will conduct a review and investigation of all provided documentation and information prior to making the asked for claim payment. However, claims that are found to be valid will be paid out to the full bond limit. Per the Right of Way Permit Bond form, you (the principal) are ultimately responsible for your actions and must pay Jet Insurance Company back for your paid out claim. Failure to fulfil this obligation may lead to future difficulties obtaining surety bonds in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.