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No Specific Form

Kentucky does not require or provide any specific lien waiver form. Any form may be used and be effective.


lien waivers do not need to be notarized
Notarization Not Required

Kentucky does not require lien waivers be notarized to be effective.


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Cannot Waive Rights in Contract

Kentucky law states that “provision[s] that purport to waive, release, or extinguish [mechanics lien rights], with the exception of partial waivers of lien rights provided by the contractor or subcontractor for progress payments” are void and unenforceable as against public policy.


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Cannot Waive Rights Before Payment

Kentucky law states that “provision[s] that purport to waive, release, or extinguish [mechanics lien rights], with the exception of partial waivers of lien rights provided by the contractor or subcontractor for progress payments” are void and unenforceable as against public policy.

Kentucky lien waivers are mostly unregulated with respect to the form or specific language necessary to make the waiver effective. However, there are rules related to when a lien waiver can be given and be effective.

Kentucky does not provide a statutory lien waiver form templates, and doesn’t really provide much guidance on how a lien waiver should be drafted. Participants on Kentucky construction projects have quite a lot of freedom to choose what they want their lien waivers to say.

There are limitations related to when lien waivers can be requested and provided, however. In Kentucky the law states that “provision[s] that purport to waive, release, or extinguish [mechanics lien rights], with the exception of partial waivers of lien rights provided by the contractor or subcontractor for progress payments” are void and unenforceable as against public policy.

Despite this protection limiting lien waiver effectiveness to partial waivers related to progress payments, construction  participants in Kentucky should pay careful attention to lien waivers. The resources, forms, guides, and frequently asked questions about Kentucky Lien Waivers on this page will help you get it right.

Kentucky Lien Waivers FAQs

Kentucky's lien waiver rules and requirements can be difficult to understand. This can create some difficult situations for construction participants, who have to navigate providing waivers in order to get paid as quickly as possible, but without giving up more than they bargained for. We have answers to some of the most common questions about Kentucky's lien waiver rules below.

Kentucky Lien Waiver FAQs

Does Kentucky require a specific statutory lien waiver form?

No, Kentucky does not provide or require statutory forms for lien waivers.

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

Kentucky law does not give specific requirements.  The statutory provision only allows for partial waivers for progress payments.

Are Unconditional Lien Waivers Prohibited in Kentucky?

No, unconditional lien waivers are not prohibited as long as they are for progress payments.

Is there a specific statutory prohibition on lien waivers in advance of payments, furnishing of work, or furnishing of materials in Kentucky?

Yes, Statutory law specifically declares “provision[s] that purport to waive, release, or extinguish [mechanics lien rights], with the exception of partial waivers of lien rights provided by the contractor or subcontractor for progress payments” void and unenforceable as against public policy.

Must Kentucky lien waivers be notarized?

No. Kentucky does not require the notarization of lien waivers.

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Free Kentucky Lien Waivers Forms & Templates

Kentuckydoesn’t really regulate the language on lien waivers. This means that you need to be sure about what your lien waiver says before providing it to another party since it’s easy to end up waiving more than you bargained for. Using these forms provided by Levelset is safe, easy, stress-free, and fair for everyone involved.

The forms provided here for free by Levelset are clear, fair to all parties, and drafted by construction attorneys. You can download them free, or use our free system to send or request your Kentucky lien waiver form.

Free Kentucky Lien Waiver Forms

These Kentucky lien waiver forms are clear, fair, and drafted by construction attorneys. Make it easy, and use forms from the source you can trust.

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Kentucky Final Conditional Lien Waiver Form

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Kentucky Final Unconditional Lien Waiver Form

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