Tucson Auctioneer Bond: A Comprehensive Guide

July 21, 2022

Tucson Auctioneer Bond

This guide provides information for insurance agents to help their customers obtain a Tucson Auctioneer Bond.

*Auctioneers that own an auction house are only required to purchase a single bond.

At a Glance:

  • Average Cost: $100 per year
  • Bond Amount: $5,000
  • Who Needs it: All Class B auctioneers and auction houses operating in Tucson, Arizona
  • Purpose: To ensure the public receives compensation for financial harm if the auctioneer or auction house commits fraud or breaches consumer contracts
  • Who Regulates Auctioneers in California: The City of Tucson

Background

Tucson Code of Ordinances 7-3 and 7-4 require all Class B auctioneers and auction houses operating in the city to obtain a license from the Business Services Department. The Tucson City Council enacted the licensing requirements to ensure that auctioneers engage in ethical business practices. To provide financial security for the enforcement of the licensing law, Class B auctioneers and auction houses must purchase and maintain a $5,000 surety bond to be eligible for licensure.

What is the Purpose of the Tucson Auctioneer Bond?

Tucson requires Class B auctioneers and auction houses to purchase a surety bond as part of the application process to obtain a business license. The bond guarantees compensation for those financially harmed if the auctioneer or auction house fails to comply with the regulations set forth in Chapter 7, Article 1 of the Tucson Code of Ordinances. Specifically, the bond protects those who may suffer damages if the auctioneer or house engages in acts of fraud such as boosting bids or unfairly auctioning off someone’s property. In short, the bond is a type of insurance that protects the public if the auctioneer or auction house violates the terms of their license.

Tucson Auctioneer Bond Form

How Can an Insurance Agent Obtain a Tucson Auctioneer Surety Bond?

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Is a Credit Check Required for the Tucson Auctioneer Bond?

No, a credit check is not required for the Tucson Auctioneer bond. Because the bond is considered relatively low risk, the same low rate is offered to all auctioneers and auction houses operating in the city, regardless of their credit history.

How Much Does the Tucson Auctioneer Bond Cost?

The Tucson Auctioneer bond costs just $100.

Who is Required to Purchase the Tucson Auctioneer Bond?

Tucson requires Class B auctioneers and auction houses to purchase a surety bond as a prerequisite to obtaining a business license. To paraphrase Tucson Code of Ordinances 7-1, a Class B auctioneer is a person that publicly sells property to the highest bidder. Class B auctioneers may not solely auction off real estate, livestock, secondhand goods, wares, or merchandise. Likewise, an auction house is a place of business where goods are publicly sold to the highest bidder, excluding new jewelry, silverware, or precious stones.

How Do Auctioneers Apply for a License in Tucson?

Auctioneers and auction houses in Tucson must navigate several steps to obtain a License. Below are the general guidelines, but applicants should refer to the licensing statutes for details on the process.

License Period – All Tucson Auction Licenses expire annually and must be renewed before the expiration date.

Step 1 – Determine the License Classification

Tucson requires auctioneers to obtain both an individual license and a license covering their place of business. Below are the different classifications for the Tucson Auction License:

    • Class B Auctioneer: The individual auctioneer selling goods at auction
    • Auction House: The physical place of business where auctions are held

Step 2 – Contact the Business Services Department

Before applying for a license, auctioneers should contact the city’s Business Services Department. The department will walk the auctioneer through the application process, provide them with all required forms, and answer any questions they may have.

Step 3 – Complete the Application

Auctioneers should submit their completed applications, including a $25 application fee, to the following address:

City of Tucson
License Section
PO Box 27210
Tucson AZ 85726-7210

Auctioneers must pay an additional $50 annual fee to maintain their license. Auctioneers must submit an additional form with their license application and this form can be obtained directly from the Business Services Department.

Step 4 – Purchase a Surety Bond

Auctioneers and auction houses must purchase and maintain a $5,000 surety bond.

What are the Insurance Requirements for Auctioneers in Tucson?

Tucson does not require auctioneers and auction houses to purchase any form of liability insurance as a prerequisite to obtaining a business license. Auctioneers and auction houses must purchase and maintain a $5,000 surety bond.

How Do Tucson Auctioneers File Their Bonds?

Auctioneers and auction houses should submit their completed bond forms, including the power of attorney, to the City of Tucson at the following address:

City of Tucson
License Section
PO Box 27210
Tucson AZ 85726-7210

The surety bond requires signatures from the surety company that issues the bond and the applicant. The surety company should include the following information on the bond form:

  • Legal name of the entity/individual(s) buying the bond
  • Surety Company’s name and state of incorporation
  • Date the bond is signed

What Can Tucson Auctioneers do to Avoid Claims Made Against Their Bonds?

To avoid claims against their bonds, auctioneers and auction houses in Tucson must ensure that they comply with all provisions set forth in Chapter 7, Article 1 of the Tucson City Code. Best practices for avoiding claims include:

  • Not boosting bids
  • Not unfairly auctioning off someone’s property
  • Faithfully honoring all consumer contracts

What Other Insurance Products Can Agents Offer Auctioneers in Tucson?

Tucson does not require auctioneers or auction houses to purchase any form of liability insurance as a prerequisite to obtaining a business license. However, most auctioneers/houses will obtain insurance anyway. Bonds are our only business at BondExchange, so we do not issue liability insurance, but our agents often utilize brokers for this specific line of business. A list of brokers in this space can be found here.

How Can Insurance Agents Prospect for Tucson Auctioneer Customers?

Tucson unfortunately does not provide a public database of active auctioneers and auction houses in the city. We suggest contacting the Business Services Department to obtain this information. Contact BondExchange for additional marketing resources. Agents can also leverage our print-mail relationships for discounted mailing services.

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