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Vermont Lien Waiver Rules


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No Specific Form

Vermont does not require lien waivers to be in any specific form.


lien waivers do not need to be notarized
Notarization Not Required

Vermont lien waivers do not need to be notarized.


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Cannot Waive Rights in Contract

Vermont does not allow lien rights to be waived prior to furnishing of labor or materials.


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Can Waive Rights Before Payment

Vermont allows lien rights to be waived prior to payment if the labor or materials subject to the lien waiver have already been furnished.

Vermont lien waivers are exchanged all the time on construction projects. Whenever payment exchanges hands in the construction industry, a lien waiver is usually requested to go along with it. This makes lien waivers one of the most exchanged documents related two construction payment.

Lien waivers can be regulated heavily, or not regulated at all. Vermont has little regulation surrounding lien waivers, but there are certain rules and requirements that must be followed. While Vermont doesn’t use specific forms, or even require that payment be made prior to a lien waiver being effective, Vermont does prohibit lien waivers in the contract or otherwise in advance of performing work or furnishing materials.

Vermont law specifically states that the right to a mechanics lien “may not be waived in advance of the time such labor is performed or materials are furnished, and any provision calling for such advance waiver shall not be enforceable.”

Even still, construction participants in Vermont should pay careful attention to lien waivers, since there is no required form to use in Vermont, it can be easy to end up waiving more than anticipated, or waiving rights in addition to solely the right to file a lien. Since lien waivers are generally tied directly to receiving payment for the labor or material furnished, and are the only thing standing between a company and it’s cash, there is a big incentive to sign and deliver whatever waiver is presented. It’s worth it, however, to take some time and review the document to make sure there are no surprises.

Vermont Lien Waivers FAQs

Vermont's lien waiver rules and requirements can be confusing. Lien rights can't be waived prior to furnishing labor or materials, but they can be waived prior to payment being made or expected. Since no specific form is required, the text allowed on a Vermont lien waiver is almost completely unregulated. We have some of the most common questions about Vermont's lien waiver rules below.

Vermont Lien Waiver FAQs

Does Vermont require a specific statutory lien waiver form?

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

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

The statutory provisions just strictly prohibit advance waivers.  There is no provisions controlling lien waiver requirements.

Are Unconditional Lien Waivers Prohibited in Vermont?

There is no statutory prohibition of unconditional lien waivers.

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

Yes, Vermont law specifically holds that a mechanics lien “may not be waived in advance of the time such labor is performed or materials are furnished, and any provision calling for such advance waiver shall not be enforceable.”

Must Vermont lien waivers be notarized?

No. Vermont statute does not require that lien waivers be notarized.

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Free Vermont Lien Waivers Forms & Templates

Vermont doesn’t have specific templates or forms required in order for a lien waiver to be valid. This means that Vermont lien waivers can say just about anything! Since the text of Vermont lien waivers is unregulated, it can be easy to be surprised by what a lien waiver actually says. Using these forms is safe, easy, stress-free, and fair for everyone involved.

The forms provided here for free by Levelset are compliant with the rules in Vermont, are fair to all parties, don’t contain surprises, and are easy to use. You can download them free, or use our free system to send or request your compliant Vermont lien waiver form.

Free Vermont Lien Waiver Forms

These Vermont lien waiver forms are compliant with the state's requirements, and contain no surprises. Make it easy, and use forms from the source you can trust.

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