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North Dakota Mechanics Lien Law: 5 Things to Know

If you need to file a mechanics lien in North Dakota, take a look at these “5 things to know.” More questions? Check out our resources page and let us help you get paid! Equipment Lessors Only Have Mechanics Lien rights if in Direct Contact with the Property Owner North Dakota provides broad protection to […]

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North Dakota Mechanics Lien Law Applies To Refinery Construction, But Not On Tribal Land


Electrical Marketing’s LiveWire, citing the Fargo-Moorhead Inforum blog, reported yesterday that three North Dakota Indian tribes plan to start construction of a $400 million refinery near Makoti, N.D.  You probably already know this, but there is enormous demand for diesel fuels in North Dakota, which has spurred a ton of development in the state.  The development comes in two forms: […]

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In North Dakota an Additional Lien Only on the Structure May Be Available – And Preferable

Generally speaking, a mechanic’s lien attaches to the property owner’s entire interest in the property – both the land, and the structure/improvement.  In fact, N.D. Cent. Code, § 35-27-19 defines the land subject to a construction lien as follows: The entire land upon which any building, structure, or other improvement is situated, or to improve […]

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When Is The Deadline To File A North Dakota Mechanic’s Lien?

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines, sometimes it seems like that’s all I write about on the Construction Payment Blog. There is a good reason for that, however.  Deadlines are extremely important in the mechanic’s lien process, and can provide fodder for some interesting discussions about mechanic’s lien laws. When it gets right down to it, the knowledge […]

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Time to Enforce North Dakota Mechanic’s Lien

I recently published a blog considering the bifurcated deadline for filing a mechanic’s lien in North Dakota.  This post will take a very brief look at how that deadline relates to the deadline by which an action to enforce the lien must be initiated.  Generally, in North Dakota, an action to enforce a mechanic’s lien […]

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Special Mechanic Lien Rules for Specially Fabricated Materials


Time and time again on this blog, I’ve said that if there is one lien law rule consistent from state to state, it’s that in order to qualify for a mechanics lien claim, the materials or labor you furnish must actually be incorporated into the jobsite’s property (click here to see mentions of “incorporation” on […]

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FAQ: Are We Required To Deliver A Notice Of Intent To Lien Before Filing Our Lien?

Mechanics Lien Laws Can Confuse

Short Answer:  Only in the following states:  Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Long Answer:  It’s extremely common for folks to not quite understand the differences between preliminary notices and notices of intent to lien; and further, to not quite understand when a state requires notices of intent to be sent. […]

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