Washington Mechanics Lien and Preliminary Notice Forms
Notice to Owner (Preliminary Notice)
Preliminary Notice or “Notice to Owner” of right to lien, must generally be delivered to the property owner within 60 days from labor first being performed or materials delivered. On new construction projects for single family residences, notice must be sent within 10 days. This is a type of preliminary notice.
Model Disclosure Statement
This disclosure statement is given to the consumer (customer) from the contractor showing they are registered in the state of Washington. The consumer (customer) signs this form as acknowledgment of receipt.
Notice of Intent to Lien
While typically not required in Washington, a party may send any other party a “notice” that they intend to lien a project if payment is not received.This form advises the party that a lien will be filed if payment is not received within 10 days. The delivery of this document does not “suspend” the liening period.
The construction or mechanics lien, known in Washington as a Claim of Lien, is filed on private construction jobs. Construction liens are available to parties who have performed labor or provided materials to a jobsite, and have not been paid.
Mechanics Lien Release
Mechanic liens and statements must be canceled once payment has been received, when the lien has expired, or may be cancelled for any other reasons. Lien cancellations are certificates filed with the recorder to cancel the previously filed instruments.
Notice to Contractor
On a Washington Public Works Project, a notice must be sent to preserve your claim against the bond, and against the retainage. The notice must be sent to the prime contractor. If you contracted with a sub or sub-sub, the notice must be sent to the prime within 10 days of furnishing labor/materials. Otherwise, all other claimants must sent within 60 days of furnishing labor/materials. This is a type of preliminary notice.
State or County Bond Claim
A Public Claim of Lien should be filed/delivered on public or government projects when labor has been performed or materials provided, and you have not been paid.