California Lien Provision Assistance Guide

The Credit Management Association Lien Provision Assistance Guide provides provisions to meet individual state statutes in all fifty states. CMA makes no warranty expressed or implied in respect to the information provided on this site. The information contained is not to be construed as legal advice. For more detailed information, we encourage you to review the statutes regarding lien provisions specific to the state you are providing materials or improving property. For legal information, CMA suggests you consult with an attorney.

PRIVATE PUBLIC 
 
FEDERAL
Obtain Copy of Payment Bond
Preliminary Notice 20 days from first furnishing 20 days from first furnishing Recommended but not required
Mechanic’s Lien 90 days from project completion. Prime contractor: 60 days from project completion; others: 30 days from notice of completion N/A N/A
Stop Notice 90 days from project completion, or 30 days from notice of completion 90 days from project completion, or 30 days from notice of completion N/A
Bond Claim 15 days from notice of completion or 75 days from completion with no notice of completion N/A 90 days from last furnishing
Release Upon satisfaction Upon satisfaction Upon satisfaction
Suit 90 days from lien recording 180 days from project completion, or 120 days from notice of completion 1 year

 

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