Tennessee 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.


Obtain Copy of Payment Bond
Obtain Copy of Payment Bond
Preliminary Notice If contracted with Owner – serve notice prior to furnishing;

Subs/Suppliers: Notice of Non-Payment within 90 days from last day of furnishing for each month when labor and materials provided.

Multiple notices may be required for each month with unpaid services or materials.

Recommended but not required Recommended but not required
Lien If contracted with Owner: 30 days from notice of completion;

Subs/Suppliers: 90 days from completion of work/services.

Bond Claim N/A 90 days from completion; state hwy project: additional requirements 90 days from last furnishing
Release Upon satisfaction Upon satisfaction Upon satisfaction
Suit Direct contractors (contracting directly with the owner) – 1 year;

Subs and Suppliers (not contracting directly with the owner) – 90 days.

6 months 1 year


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