Grading bonds are normally procured by a property owner in order to get a grading and / or building permit. The bond guarantees that the grading is being completed in conformity with the approved building plans and terms of the granting of a permit. Additionally in order to cancel the bond the municipality must tender a release. In most cases it is the property owner who is required to qualify for the bond. With the recent failure of the subdivision market these bonds can be carefully underwritten. To qualify the surety will make sure that the owner has adequate funding for the grading work. Aside from their good personal credit we will also want to make sure that the work is being completed by a reputable licensed contractor. This is accomplished by submitting a copy of the construction contract with the other submission items.