California Lien Waiver Rules
- Rules At A Glance
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Specific Forms Are Required
California sets out a required lien waiver forms by statute. In order to be valid, a California lien waiver must follow those forms.
Notarization Not Required
California lien waivers are not required to be notarized, and should not be notarized.
Cannot Waive Rights in Contract
No, California statute specifically prohibits this practice.
Can Waive Rights Before Payment
There is no specific prohibition on waiving lien rights prior to payment, provided that the statutory lien waiver form is used.
California lien waivers are regulated. This means that everyone connected to a construction project must follow California’s specific lien waiver rules. Among other requirements, California’s lien waiver laws mandate the use of a specific form template. All parties on California jobs must be careful because there are negative consequences to using the wrong form.
Lien waivers are a rather simple concept. These documents act as a receipt for payment. They are exchanged by people at the time of payment on a construction project. It’s common for subcontractors and suppliers to include lien waiver documents with their pay applications (aka construction invoices). It’s common for general contractors, property developers, and construction lenders to have intricate lien waiver tracking and collection practices.
When it comes to tracking, collecting, sending, and requesting lien waivers in California, everyone must pay attention to the state’s requirements.
California regulates lien waivers pretty tightly. For instance, California is one of the 12 states that provide statutory lien waiver forms. Failure to use these forms or using the wrong form will result in the lien waiver being invalid and unenforceable. As will any attempts to modify or add more provisions to the waiver.
It’s easy to make mistakes. Even if you use a mandatory form and fill it out completely right, it’s easy to mistakenly use the wrong form! After all, California has 4 different required lien waiver forms. It’s important to use the right one at the right time. Here are guides on how to fill out the four California statutory lien waivers:
- Conditional Progress Lien Waivers
- Unconditional Progress Lien Waivers
- Conditional Final Lien Waivers
- Unconditional Final Lien Waivers
Otherwise, the information on this page provides frequently asked questions, forms, guides, and other helpful information on California’s Lien Waivers.