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Preliminary notice not required in WV
No Specific Form

Washington does not require specific forms to be used for lien waivers in order to be effective.


notary not required on lien waiver
Notarization Not Required

Washington lien waivers do not need to be notarized.


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Can Waive Rights in Contract

Washington has no specific prohibition on waiving future lien rights through contract.


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Can Waive Rights Before Payment

Washington has no specific prohibition on waiving lien rights prior to payment.

Lien waivers are exchanged on Washington construction projects whenever payment exchanges hands. Accordingly, lien waivers re some of the most common documents found on Washington construction projects.

Washington is not one of the 12 states with statutory forms that must be used in order for alien waiver to be effective. This means that construction participants in Washington can use whatever form they want, with whatever language they feel is appropriate to contain. Since lien waivers are not regulated in Washington, it can be easy for Washington lien wavier language to include clauses that may waive more than the signer intends.

Many states don’t allow parties to waive lien rights either in their contract, or even prior to receiving payment. This is not the case in Washington, however. Since Washington does not strictly prohibit advance waiver of lien rights, it’s even more important than usual for construction participants to carefully examine their contract,  to make sure   it doesn’t contain a “no-lien” clause. And, to examine any requested waiver to make sure that the only lien rights being waived are for work that has already been paid for.

Washington Lien Waivers FAQs

Washington's lien waiver requirements and rules can be difficult to understand since there is not a lot of law specifically related to lien waivers. For documents that are requested and exchanged as often as they are, lien waivers can seem to be the wild wild west of construction documents. Some of the most common questions about Washington lien waivers can be found answered below.

Washington Lien Waiver FAQs

Does Washington require a specific statutory lien waiver form?

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

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

Washington law is rather silent concerning lien waivers.  There is no specific statutory provision controlling requirements.

Are Unconditional Lien Waivers Prohibited in Washington?

There is no specific statutory prohibition.

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

No, Washington statutory law is silent with respect to advance lien waivers.  While advance lien waivers are generally viewed with disfavor, it is always best practice to avoid advance lien waivers whenever possible, or to condition any waiver on the actual receipt of payment.

Must Washington lien waivers be notarized?

No. Washington law does not require lien waivers to be notarized.

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Free Washington Lien Waivers Forms & Templates

Florida doesn’t have specific lien waiver forms that must be used in order for the waiver to be valid. This means that everyone on a Washington construction project can use whatever form they want, with whatever language they want, and request it whenever they want. Using these forms is safe, easy, stress-free, and fair for everyone involved, and you don’t need to worry that there’s some clause that will jump out and surprise you later.

The forms provided here for free by Levelset are fair for everybody, simple, and compliant with the Washington rules. You can download them free, or use our free system to send or request your compliant Washington lien waiver form.

Free Washington Lien Waiver Forms

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