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North Carolina Lien & Bond Claim Deadlines

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Preliminary Notice
15 days of first furnishing

Notice to Lien Agent

A Notice to Lien Agent must be sent by the general contractor within 15 days of first furnishing of labor or materials to the residential project in North Carolina.

Preliminary Notice
30 days of first furnishing

Notice of Contract

A Notice of Contract, while not strictly required, forces any subcontractors or suppliers to state their claim on the residential project in North Carolina which protects the general contractor from some liability. It is the best business practice to send both the Notice to Lien Agent and the Notice of Contract at the time of first furnishing labor or materials.

Lien
120 days of last furnishing

Claim of Lien on Real Property

A Claim of Lien on Real Property must be sent by the North Carolina general contractor within 120 days of last furnishing of labor or materials to the residential project.

Preliminary Notice
15 days from first furnishing

Notice to Lien Agent

Subcontractors in North Carolina must send a Notice to Lien Agent within 15 days of first furnishing the residential project with labor or materials.

Lien
120 days from last furnishing

Claim of Lien on Real Property

A Claim of Lien on Real Property must be sent by the subcontractor to the residential property within 120 days of last furnishing of labor or materials to the North Carolina project.

Preliminary Notice
30 days of first furnishing

Notice of Subcontract

A Notice of Subcontract is the required response to a Notice of Contract. Failure to send a Notice of Subcontract reduces the subcontractor's right to lien the North Carolina residential property. If this notice is not sent, the remote subcontractors may only be able to put a lien on funds, rather than on the real property. This must be filed as soon as possible to secure full lien rights.

Preliminary Notice
15 days from first furnishing

Notice of Lien Agent

Suppliers must send a Notice to Lien Agent within 15 days of first furnishing the North Carolina project with labor or materials. NOTE: Not required for owner-occupied residential projects

Lien
120 days from last furnishing

Claim of Lien on Real Property

A Claim of Lien on Real Property must be sent in North Carolina within 120 days of last furnishing of labor or materials to the residential project by the supplier.

Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Notice of Subcontract

A Notice of Subcontract is the required response to a Notice of Contract. Failure to send a Notice of Subcontract reduces the supplier's right to lien the the North Carolina property. If this notice is not sent, the remote suppliers may only be able to put a lien on funds, rather than on the real residential property. This must be filed as soon as possible to secure full Lien rights.

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Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Notice of Contract

A Notice of Contract, while not strictly required, forces any subcontractors or suppliers to state their claim on the project which protects the general contractor from some liability in North Carolina. It is the best business practice to send both the Notice to Lien Agent and the Notice of Contract at the time of first furnishing labor or materials to the commercial project.

Preliminary Notice
15 days from first furnishing

Notice to Lien Agent

General contractors must send a Notice to Lien Agent within 15 days of first furnishing of labor or materials to a North Carolina commercial job.

Lien
120 days from last furnishing

Claim of Lien on Real Property

For commercial projects in North Carolina, a Claim of Lien on Real Property must be sent by the contractor within 120 days of last furnishing of labor or materials.

Preliminary Notice
15 days from first furnishing

Notice to Lien Agent

Notice to Lien Agent must be sent by the North Carolina subcontractor within 15 days of first furnishing of labor or materials to the commercial project.

Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Notice of Subcontract

A Notice of Subcontract is the required response to a Notice of Contract. Failure to send a Notice of Subcontract reduces the subcontractor's right to lien the North Carolina property. If this notice is not sent the remote subcontractor may only be able to put a lien on funds, rather than on the real commercial property. This must be filed as soon as possible to secure full lien rights.

Lien
120 days from last furnishing

Claim of Lien on Real Property

A Claim of Lien on Real Property must be sent by the North Carolina subcontractor within 120 days of last furnishing of labor or materials to the commercial project.

Preliminary Notice
15 days from first furnishing

Notice to Lien Agent

Notice to Lien Agent must be sent by the supplier within 15 days of first furnishing of labor or materials to the North Carolina commercial property.

Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Notice of Subcontract

A Notice of Subcontract is the required response to a Notice of Contract. Failure to send a Notice of Subcontract reduces the supplier's right to lien the commercial property. If this Notice is not sent the remote supplier may only be able to put a lien on funds, rather than on the real North Carolina property. This must be filed as soon as possible to secure full lien rights.

Lien
120 days from last furnishing

Claim of Lien on Real Property

In North Carolina, a Claim of Lien on Real Property must be sent by the supplier within 120 days of last furnishing of labor or materials to the commercial project.

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Statutory Documents are not required for General Contractors
Preliminary Notice
75 days from first furnishing

Notice of Public Subcontract

A Notice of Public Subcontract secures the right to a claim against the bond if a subcontractor is not paid for the state project in North Carolina. This must be sent within 75 days of the first furnishing of labor or materials to the North Carolina job.

Claim on Bond
120 days from last furnishing

Claim of Bond

Subcontractors in North Carolina need to send a Claim of Bond within 120 days of last furnishing of labor or materials to the state project in North Carolina.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Although it is not a legal requirement to send a Preliminary Notice on a state project in North Carolina, it is best practice to do so. Sending this notice advises all parties on the project that you are working on the project and helps you get paid faster.

Claim on Bond
120 days from last furnishing

Claim of Bond

Claim of Bond must be sent by the supplier in North Carolina within 120 days of last furnishing of labor or materials to the state project.

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Preliminary Notice

Not applicable, a contractor cannot take action against their own bond.

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Preliminary Notice

Claim on Bond

Not applicable, a contractor cannot take action against their own bond.

N/A
Claim on Bond
Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Although it is not a legal requirement to send a preliminary notice for federal projects, it is best practice for subcontractors to do so. Sending a preliminary notice advises all parties that you are working on the project and helps you get paid faster.

Claim on Bond
90 days from last furnishing

Claim on Bond

Claim on bond must be filed within 90 days of last furnishing of labor or materials.

Claim on Bond
90 days from last furnishing

Miller Act Notice

A Miller Act Notice needs to be sent by subcontractors in 90 days from last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the federal project.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Although it is not a legal requirement to send a preliminary notice, it is best practice to do so for federal projects. Sending a preliminary notice advises all parties that you are working on the project and helps you get paid faster.

Claim on Bond
90 days from last furnishing

Claim on Bond

Claim on bond must be filed within 90 days of last furnishing of labor or materials.

Claim on Bond
90 days from last furnishing

Miller Act Notice

A Miller Act Notice is required to be sent by the supplier 90 days from last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the federal project.

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