Most contracts with the City require the contractor/vendor to maintain
specific levels of insurance. The types and levels of insurance vary based
on the nature of the contract. As part of the contract process, the City
requires that a certificate of insurance with an endorsement be provided to
the City. Both documents must name the City of Bellingham as the insured.
Please be aware that the contract will not be signed by the City until these
insurance documents are provided to the City.
Background and Specifics For Endorsements
In recent years, insurance companies
have taken to putting a "Disclaimer" add-on to the back side of insurance
certificates they provide the City as required by our various contracts. The
add-on usually reads as follows:
"IMPORTANT If the certificate holder is an ADDITIONAL INSURED, the
policy(ies) must be endorsed. A statement on this certificate does not
confer rights to the certificate holder in lieu of such endorsement(s). IF
SUBROGATION IS WAIVED, subject to the terms and conditions of the policy,
certain policies may require an endorsement. A statement on this certificate
does not confer rights to the certificate holder in lieu of such
endorsement(s). DISCLAIMER The certificate of insurance on the reverse side
of this form does not constitute a contract between the issuing insurer(s),
authorized representative or producer, and the certificate holder, nor does
it affirmatively or negatively amend, extend, or alter the coverage afforded
by the policies listed thereon."
Even in the absence of this second/back page disclaimer, the face of
insurance certificates contain the following usually in the upper right
"THIS CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED AS A MATTER OF INFORMATION ONLY AND CONFERS
NO RIGHTS UPON THE CERTIFICATE HOLDER. THIS CERTIFICATE DOES NOT AMEND,
EXTEND OR ALTER THE COVERAGE AFFORDED BY THE POLICIES BELOW."
This language also gives rise to the need for an endorsement to confirm
the City's status as an additional insured.
As a result of the above, the City requires that all
contractors/consultants provide the City with written confirmation that they
have obtained the necessary endorsement so that the City's rights as an
additional insured are not undercut.
Your insurance company requires the endorsement as a means of
notification both to itself and its underwriters of the fact that an
additional insured has been added to the policy under the contract in
Please take note of this requirement and request the necessary
endorsement at the same time that you request the required insurance
certificate. Most insurance companies are familiar with this type of request
and it should be no problem for them to provide the endorsement. The below
is an example of this type of endorsement:
For more information, please contact your insurance company.