California
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Mechanics Lien, Bond Claim, Notice and Lien Waiver Forms.


This page contains links to download zlien‘s California free mechanics lien and preliminary notice forms. California Mechanics Lien and Preliminary Notice forms available for free download in PDF format. All forms are made available by zlien subject to our terms of use.

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Partial Unconditional Lien Waiver

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This waiver – the Unconditional Waiver and Release on Progress Payment – should be used when a progress payment on the project has been received. Further payments may be expected, but the specific partial payment discussed in the waiver has been received.

Because this is an “unconditional” waiver, it should only be used when payment has actually been received. If payment has not been received, if the check hasn’t yet cleared the bank, or if there is some other reason why payment might ultimately fail, this waiver should not be furnished. If this is the case, signing a “conditional” waiver is a safer option.

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Final Unconditional Lien Waiver

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This waiver – the Unconditional Waiver and Release on Final Payment – should be used when the final payment on the project has been made and received by the party that furnished labor or materials. Signing this waiver indicates that payment has been received and no further payments are expected.

Because this is an “unconditional” waiver, it should only be used when payment has actually been received. If payment has not been received, if the check hasn’t yet cleared the bank, or if there is some other reason why payment might ultimately fail, this waiver should not be furnished. If this is the case, signing a “conditional” waiver is a safer option.

California

Partial Conditional Lien Waiver

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This waiver – the Conditional Waiver and Release on Progress Payment – should be used when a progress payment on the project is expected. There may be future expected payments on the project, but this waiver applies only to a specific, expected progress or partial payment.

Because this is a “conditional” waiver, it is ok if payment has not yet been received. The waiver is “conditional” on the receipt of the payment and will be invalid if payment is not ultimately received. If payment has already been received in full, an “unconditional” waiver may be more appropriate.

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Final Conditional Lien Waiver

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This waiver – the Conditional Waiver and Release on Final Payment – should be used when you are expecting to receive a final payment on the project. After signing this waiver, in other words, you will not be expecting any further payments in the future.

Because this is a “conditional” waiver, you may not have yet received the payment. That is okay. The waiver is “conditional” on your receipt of the payment and will be invalid if payment is not ultimately received. If you have already received payment in full, then you will likely want to consider signing an “unconditional” waiver.

Public Projects

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Stop Notice Form

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If unpaid on a public construction project in the state of California, parties may file a "Stop Notice." This document informs the property owner / public entity, and the surety, that payment has not been made to a subcontractor or supplier. By law, the parties at the top of the contracting chain must withhold money owed to the general contractor sufficient to satisfy the claim set forth in the stop notice.

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Release of Stop Notice Form

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After being paid, a claimant may deliver and file a Release of the Stop Notice to cancel its stop notice request.

Private Projects

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Release of Mechanics Lien Form

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Private and Public construction liens and statements must be canceled once payment has been received, once they have expired, or for any other applicable reasons. Lien cancellations are certificates filed with the recorder to cancel the previously filed instruments. Click the button to download a free California mechanics lien release form PDF.

Private Projects

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Notice of Intent to Lien Form

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While typically not required in California, a party may send any other party a “notice” that they intend to lien a project if payment is not received. This California Notice of Intent to Lien form advises the party that a lien will be filed if payment is not received within 10 days. The filing of this document does not “suspend” the liening period.

Private Projects

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Notice of Non-Responsibility Form

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In California, if work is being done on property at the direction of someone other than the owner (i.e., a tenant), the owner can avoid liability from any claims of liens by filing a “Notice of Nonresponsibility” as per Cal Civ Code art 3094. The notice must be filed and posted in some conspicuous place on the site within a 10-day period after the property owner obtains knowledge of the work on the improvement. Click the button to download a free California Notice of Non-Responsibility form.

Private Projects

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20 Day Preliminary Notice

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In order to preserve their right to file a mechanics lien, contractors, material suppliers and design professionals working in California must send preliminary notice (also known in California as a 20 Day Preliminary Notice). The notice must be sent within 20 days of first providing work or materials to a construction or renovation project. If you are past the 20 day period, you can still send notice, but it will only preserve lien rights for the work or materials delivered after the notice is served, and for the 20 days preceding the service of the notice.

Private Projects

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Notice of Completion Form

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At the conclusion of work, or when work has been abandoned or suspended, the owner can file a Notice of Cessation or Notice of Completion with the county recorder. This acts to start the lien period, and conclude it more quickly than allowed by projects without such notices filed. If a Notice of Cessation or Completion is filed, the lien period is reduced from 90 days from completion of work to 60 days for prime contractors, and 30 days for subcontractors (from date of notice). Click the button to download the California notice of completion form.

Private Projects

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Notice of Credit Form (Lien Extension)

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Liens expire 90-days after filing in California. If a party is promising to pay your claim, but just not soon enough to prevent the lien from expiring, a Notice of Credit may help. This filing extends the time period to enforce a Lien for 180 days from the date of filing. An additional Notice of Credit can be filed even at the expiration of this period, except that it may never extend the time period more than 1 year past the actual completion of the project. Notices of Credit must be signed by the Owner and the Claimant.

Private Projects

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Claim of Mechanics Lien Form

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The construction or mechanics lien, known in California as a Claim of Lien, is filed on private construction jobs by anyone who has performed labor or provided materials to a jobsite, and have not been paid. If a Notice of Cessation or Notice of Completion has been filed by the property owner, prime contractors must file the Lien within 60 days from the filing of the notice, and all others have 30 days to file. If a Notice of Cessation or Completion is not filed, all parties have 90 days from completion of the improvement’s work to file the lien. An action to enforce a lien must be filed within 90 days from the date your lien is filed. Click the button to download a free California mechanics lien form PDF template.

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File a Bond Claim through zlien

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Bond Claims are used to collect payment on federal, state, county, and municipal construction projects. Click here to file a Bond Claim through zlien in minutes. Enter your project info, and zlien's platform will ensure that your Bond Claim is filed correctly and securely so that you get paid.

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File a Notice of Commencement through zlien

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A Notice of Commencement is available in certain states as an official means of designating the beginning of a construction project. Click below to file a Notice of Commencement through zlien.

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File a Release of Bond Claim through zlien

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When payment is received after a Bond Claim is filed, releasing the claim is sometimes required. Click here to file a Release of Bond Claim through zlien.

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