Painting Subcontractor Agreement: Free Contract Template

These PDF forms help you set clear expectations and terms with your subs.

By George Leon | Posted on August 26, 2020 | Updated on July 1, 2022
A painting subcontractor agreement document

Hiring subcontractors for your painting business? Set clear expectations and terms with a painting subcontractor agreement.

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We suggest you modify each document to fit your business and then take them to a lawyer to review them.

The following sections are included in the above documents:

Insurance Terms

Outline what kind of insurance your subcontractor needs to carry and the limits. Specify conditions such as adding your company as an additionally insured party.

Payment Terms

Outline how the subcontractor is to submit painting invoices and any terms such as retainage, back charges, payment times, etc.


You might require your subs to use properly maintained equipment or that their workmanship conforms to product manufacturer guidelines.

Legal Sections

This could lien release policies, negligence terms, dispute resolution, default terms, government regulations, and taxes.

Handling Materials & Work

This should outline who’s responsible for the delivery, receiving, storage, handling, and staging of trade-related materials.


Outline your company’s safety policies that your subcontractors need to conform to.


Outline your project’s cleanliness policies and standards.


Set expectations about subcontractors soliciting work from your customers or third parties.


Outline your completion date terms such as liquidated damage fees.

Change Orders

Outline your process for handling additional items to your scopes of work.

You’ll find examples of all of these terms in our free subcontractor agreements.

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