General

How are the dates and deadlines calculated?

This is an important issue that is often misunderstood. The dates and deadlines related for lien and bond claims are based off the month and year in which the work was actually performed. The invoice date and company accounting methods are irrelevant for these claims.
The important issues are when the work was actually performed and the value of the work for each individual month.

A helpful example? Assume that a contractor completed a three-month painting project that lasted from January to March. The contractor would need to separately identify the value of the work performed for January, February, and March. It would not matter if only one invoice was issued at the end of the project.

The deadlines will vary depending on the type of document and the type of contractor or supplier. General deadlines can be found in the chart below.

FOR CLAIMS RESULTING FROM A CONTRACT SIGNED BEFORE DECEMBER 31ST, 2021
IF THE 15th OF THE MONTH FALLS ON A WEEKEND OR A HOLIDAY, THE LAST DAY TO FILE A VALID LIEN WILL BE THE EARLIEST BUSINESS DAY.

FOR CLAIMS RESULTING FROM A CONTRACT SIGNED AFTER JANUARY 1ST, 2022
IF THE 15th OF THE MONTH FALLS ON A WEEKEND OR A HOLIDAY, THE LAST DAY TO FILE A VALID LIEN WILL EXTEND TO THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY AFTER THAT WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY.

Original (General) Contractor – Constitutional – Mechanic’s Lien Requirements
Chart of Filing Deadlines
Month of:
a) Written Termination
b) Abandonment of Project
c) Settlement or:
d) Completion of the Contract
Commercial Projects (Private) 🔗
Pre-lien Notice to Property Owner is
Not Required
File the Lien Affidavit On or Before:
January None May 15th
February None June 15th
March None July 15th
April None August 15th
May None September 15th
June None October 15th
July None November 15th
August None December 15th
September None January 15th
October None February 15th
November None March 15th
December None April 15th
Subcontractor (1st Tier) Lien Requirements
Chart of Filing Deadlines
Month of Activity Commercial Projects (Private) 🔗
Send Invoice by: Send Pre-lien Notice
to Property Owner and Original Contractor by:
File the lien by the following date OR within 30 days after the overall project is complete**.
January March 15th April 15th May 15th
February April 15th May 15th June 15th
March May 15th June 15th July 15th
April June 15th July 15th August 15th
May July 15th August 15th September 15th
June August 15th September 15th October 15th
July September 15th October 15th November 15th
August October 15th November 15th December 15th
September November 15th December 15th January 15th
October December 15th January 15th February 15th
November January 15th February 15th March 15th
December February 15th March 15th April 15th
IMPORTANT:

**You can file a lien affidavit 30 days after completing the overall project only if you sent the pre-lien notice for that specific month on time.

Sub-subcontractor (2nd Tier) Lien Requirements
Chart of Filing Deadlines
Month of Activity Commercial Projects (Private) 🔗
Send Invoice by: Send Pre-lien Notice
to Property Owner and Original Contractor by:
File the lien by the following date OR within 30 days after the overall project is complete**.
January March 15th April 15th May 15th
February April 15th May 15th June 15th
March May 15th June 15th July 15th
April June 15th July 15th August 15th
May July 15th August 15th September 15th
June August 15th September 15th October 15th
July September 15th October 15th November 15th
August October 15th November 15th December 15th
September November 15th December 15th January 15th
October December 15th January 15th February 15th
November January 15th February 15th March 15th
December February 15th March 15th April 15th
IMPORTANT:

**You can file a lien affidavit 30 days after completing the overall project only if you sent the pre-lien notice for that specific month on time.

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