The Permits Department of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) requires contractors performing work on highway right-of-ways to maintain a permit bond for the duration of the project. The bond covers a contractor’s failure to complete the project according to ODOT’s standards.
Work on a right-of-way includes the roadway, shoulders, ditch, and slopes to the limits of the right-of-way. Jet Insurance Company provides the financial assurance to the State of Ohio to get you on any of these projects.
With Jet, you will pay a small percentage of the bond limit. The bond limit is determined by the Department of Transportation based on the cost to complete the permitted project. The cost of the bond with Jet is based on the financial status of the contractor.
By choosing Jet, you are working directly with the insurance company, ridding you of unnecessary fees and middleman agents and brokers. You also receive first-hand claims defense, should it be needed.
Fill out the application from the comfort of your home or office within minutes. A soft credit check must be completed to approve you for a rate for smaller bonding limits. Larger bond limits will require the submission of financial statements and permit specifications to receive bond approval.
When a rate is ready, it will be sent to you via email for you to purchase directly online. Jet can file the bond to the ODOT for you or you can file it yourself with other permit paperwork to the address below:
State of Ohio Department of Transportation
ATTN: Permits Department
505 S. State Route 741
Lebanon, OH 45036
The bond is for a one-year period, but if the project takes over a year the bond must be renewed. The bond must be kept active until the project is completed with the ODOT releasing you and Jet of liability. Jet will send you an invoice nearing the renewal date and as long as you fulfill payment the bond will remain on file with the Department.
Once filed with the ODOT, the bond cannot be cancelled unless Jet receives a release of liability.
By completing the job according to the permit specifications, contractors can avoid any disciplinary action from the State of Ohio. When performing work for the Ohio Department of Transportation, damages may occur and any damage must be fixed or the contractor. A general liability policy will cover damage to third parties, but could exclude certain damages and come with high deductible. It is typically in the best interest of the contractor to correct any errors or damages caused upfront before lawyers get involved.
Jet will thoroughly inspect any claim made against the bond by the ODOT to verify its validity, but there may be little we can do after an investigation and mitigation attempts. Jet must pay the State for any legitimate claims to fix or complete the project.
The contractor is not off the hook once the bond pays out, though. Since the contractor is often given a chance to address any issues before the bond comes into play and is ultimately liable for their actions, the contractor must reimburse Jet for the paid out claim.