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Connecticut Lien Waiver Rules


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No Specific Form

Connecticut does not require any specific or statutory lien waiver form. Parties are free to use any form they wish.


Notarization Not Required

Connecticut lien waivers are not required to be notarized, and gain no benefit from notarization.


Cannot Waive Rights in Contract

Connecticut statute does not allow lien waivers in advance of furnishing of materials and/or performance of services. However, lien rights may be subordinated under a mortgage or other security interest by contract.


Can Waive Rights Before Payment

Connecticut statute forbids lien waivers prior to payment. However, lien rights may be subordinated under a mortgage or other security interest by contract.

Connecticut lien waivers are unregulated.  There are no specific forms to use, and the state does not have specific laws regulating the lien waiver exchange process. As a result, contractors, suppliers, vendors, lenders, and other project participants must manage the lien waiver process closely to avoid costly errors.

Whenever payment exchanges hands in the construction industry, parties typically exchange lien waivers to document the receipt of funds and the waiver of any mechanics lien rights.

Lien waivers can be regulated heavily, or not regulated at all. Nevertheless, they are almost always a source of confusion with lots of room for error.  You can learn more about lien waivers generally in our indispensable Ultimate Guide to Lien Waivers.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the lien waiver laws and requirements in Connecticut.

Connecticut Lien Waiver FAQs

Lien waiver laws vary from state to state and so it's important to pay close attention to how lien waivers are regulated in your project's state. Connecticut is not one of the states with regulated lien waiver forms and specific lien waiver rules (see those regulated states here). However, this doesn't make the Connecticut lien waiver process easy. To the contrary, it may make it more difficult.

In Connecticut, contractors, suppliers, lenders, and other construction job participants exchange lien waivers every day on thousands of construction jobs across the state. Along the way, there are questions and situations that arise. The below guide provides some frequently asked questions about how lien waivers work in Connecticut.

Common Questions & Answers About The Connecticut Lien Waiver Process

Do I need to use a specific lien waiver form in Connecticut?

No, Connecticut does not require statutory forms for lien waivers.

What are the requirements for an Connecticut lien waiver? What makes a lien waiver binding?

The statute is not specific on requirements but simply highlights that advance waivers are prohibited.

Are Unconditional Lien Waivers Prohibited in Connecticut?

No, as long as the waiver is not in advance.

Can a contractor or supplier waive their lien rights in their contract?

Yes.  The statute forbids any waivers in advance of payments, furnishing of materials, and/or performance of services.  However, the provision does not prohibit the subordination of a mechanics lien to the lien of a mortgage or security interest.

Must a Connecticut lien waiver be notarized?

No. There are no requirements for a Connecticut lien waiver to be notarized in order to be effective.  It’s a best practice to not notarize your lien waiver in Connecticut.  See more in: Do Lien Waivers Need To Be Notarized?

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Free Connecticut Lien Waiver Template & Forms

Connecticut does not have regulated lien waiver forms. However, the free lien waiver templates provided here can be used on any project in Connecticut, and should be easily agreed upon by the parties. The forms provided here for free by Levelset are compliant with the Connecticut rules. You can download them free, or use our free system to send or request your compliant Connecticut lien waiver form.

Free Connecticut Lien Waiver Forms

These Connecticut lien waiver forms are compliant with the state's requirements. Make it easy, and use forms from the source you can trust.

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Connecticut Final Conditional Lien Waiver Form

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Connecticut Final Unconditional Lien Waiver Form

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