Arizona Mechanics Lien Form
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Contractors, suppliers, and others that work in the construction industry can use this free mechanics lien form to get paid on their private projects in Arizona state. If you are working on a public project make sure to download the free Arizona bond claim form.
It is crucial that your Arizona mechanics lien contains all the information required by statute. The failure to include the proper information can be as fatal to a lien claim as not getting it filed on time, or not sending it to the proper parties. The failure to include the required information, including a copy and proof of mailing of the 20-day preliminary notice, can result in an invalid lien.
Arizona mechanics liens are required to be made under oath by the claimant (or some other party with knowledge of the facts), so if you are preparing your lien document yourself remember that once it is complete, you must wait to sign until your signature on the document can be notarized. An Arizona mechanics lien must contain the following information:
1. The legal description of the lands and improvements to be charged with a lien.
2. The name of the owner or reputed owner of the property concerned, if known, and the name of the person by whom the lienor was employed or to whom he furnished materials.
3. A statement of the terms, time given and conditions of the contract, if it is oral, or a copy of the contract, if it is written.
4. A statement of the lienor’s demand, after deducting just credits and offsets.
5. A statement of the date of completion of the building, structure or improvement, or any alteration or repair of such building, structure or improvement. 6. A statement of the date the preliminary twenty day notice required by § 33-992.01 was given. A copy of such preliminary twenty day notice and the proof of mailing required by § 33-992.02 shall be attached.
Pro tip: In the state of Arizona, if the project was the construction or improvement of an owner-occupied residential structure, only partes contracting directly with the property owner are allowed to file mechanics liens. This is important to consider prior to attempting to file a mechanics lien. Since owner-occupied residential construction projects are, generally speaking, smaller scale projects than commercial or even multi-family residential projects, the use of subcontractors occurs less often. But it’s not unheard of to have subcontractors involved on an owner-occupied residential project in Arizona, and these subs must be careful since they will not have lien rights on an owner occupied residential project.
Fill out the form on the right to download your Free Arizona mechanics lien template that can be filled out with a PDF editor or by hand after printing. Use this template to easily file your lien on a private construction project in Arizona. You can also use Levelset’s document builder to create and send a stop notice on your construction project.
Rules and regulations for sending a Arizona Mechanics Lien
Liens and Stop Notices are due 120 days after substantial completion of a project (period shortened to 60 days if Notice of Completion filed). Filing of Stop Notice and/or the Lien is now due.
After completing the Arizona Mechanics Lien Form, you must deliver it to the appropriate parties required by statute. Notices are typically served on the property owner and, for sub-tier parties, the general contractor. However, depending on the type of notice, it can be helpful to send notices to anyone else who is in charge of your payment, like a lender or surety company on the project.
Others are asking about Arizona Mechanics Lien
when in my deadline
Arizona's mechanics lien deadline is generally 120 days after the completion of the project. But, if a Notice of Completion gets recorded, then the deadline to file a mechanics lien drops to merely 60 days after that document was recorded.
Determining exactly when a project is considered complete can be challenging, as Levelset discusses here: Project Completion Date: When It Matters And Why. Luckily, the Arizona lien statute actually defines "completion" at A.R.S. § 33-993(C).
Determining "completion" in Arizona
According to that section, "completion" occurs at the earliest of these two times:
- Thirty days after final inspection and written final acceptance by the governmental body which issued the building permit for the building, structure or improvement.
- Cessation of labor for a period of sixty consecutive days, except when such cessation of labor is due to a strike, shortage of materials or act of God.
According to A.R.S. § 33-993(D), if there's no building permit or final inspection with written final acceptances, then "completion" will be the last date when work was done on the property.
AZ lien deadline when inspection fails
While the lien statute doesn't explicitly state what happens if the inspected work doesn't pass inspection due to an owner's failure to cooperate, it wouldn't make sense for that kind of an inspection failure to retroactively shorten the deadline to pursue a lien claim.
Still, the safest way to proceed is likely to assume that the last date of work on-site would begin the clock for the lien deadline. That way, there's no argument that a deadline was allegedly missed.
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Arizona County Recorders
Looking to file/record a mechanics lien in Arizona? You'll need to get your Arizona mechanics lien filed and recorded with the county recorder in the county where the construction project is located. Here is a listing of all county recorders in Arizona. Click on any county to find more information about how to get your lien recorded in that county.
75 W Cleveland St
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Phone: (928) 337-7515
Fax: (928) 337-7676
1415 Melody Lane, Building B
Brisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: (520) 432-8350
110 E. Cherry Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
1400 E Ash St
Globe, AZ 85501
921 Thatcher Blvd, 2nd Floor
Safford, AZ 85546
253 Fifth Street
Clifton, AZ 85533
Phone: (928) 865-2632 or (928) 865-1717
Fax: (928) 865-4417
1112 Joshua Avenue, #201
Parker, AZ 85344
Phone: 928-669-6136 or 888-526-8685
111 S. Third Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
700 W Beale St
Kingman, AZ 86401
100 East Code Talkers Drive
Holbrook, AZ 86025
Phone: (928) 524-4191
240 N Stone Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 724-4350
31 N Pinal Street Building E
Florence, AZ 85132
2150 N. Congress Drive
Nogales, AZ 85621
1015 Fair Street, 2nd Floor
Prescott, AZ 86305
410 S. Maiden Lane, Suite B
Yuma, AZ 85364
Fax: 928) 373-6024