The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Geological Survey Program (the Program) regulates water well drilling, well monitoring, pump and heat pump contractor licenses. The Program issues contractor permits, conducts inspections for new wells, plugging of wells, collects and tracks information on water, energy and mineral resources, and provides a security element in the event an operator fails to perform or comply with the duties and obligations in the state statutes and regulations.
The obligee is the entity that requires the bond. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Geological Survey Program requires a form of security before a contractor is eligible to provide drilling, pump installation, heat pump installation or well monitoring services. The bond ensures compliance of regulations and state laws. Failure to comply or perform by the state laws and regulations may result in a claim filed against the bond by the Program. In the instance of a surety bond, if the Program files a claim against the surety bond, the contractor (named as the principal on the bond form) will be responsible for repayment of the claimed amount if the claim is paid out by the surety. Other forms of security will be forfeited when a valid claim has been made.
The Program allows for several options to meet the security requirement which includes a surety bond, a certificate of deposit, or an irrevocable letter of credit. The option of an irrevocable letter of credit requires that the letter is to be issued by a qualified financial institution.
Contractor applicants must pass the contractor and apprentice testing prior to submitting the contractor application. Permit fees are based on the month of the permit application.
A surety bond is required and the bond amount is determined by the Program. If one of the other security options is chosen, the security amount will be in an amount equal to the bond.
The application and the original bond will need to be mailed to the Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Geological Survey, Well Installation Section, PO Box 250, Rolla, MO 65402-0250.
Complete the required testing and apprenticeship requirements.
Complete the permit application and pay the applicable fee.
The premium that you pay for a Missouri Water Well Driller Contractor Surety Bond is dependent on the bond amount and your personal credit. Premium rates start as low as $100 or 1% of the bond amount.
In the event the applicant does not provide accurate and truthful information when applying for a permit, the permit may be revoked.
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