Arkansas Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated June 22, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Arkansas, they can file a mechanics lien to secure payment. A mechanics lien is a legal tool that provides the unpaid party with a security interest in the property. These are the rules, requirements, and deadlines you need to follow to file an Arkansas mechanics lien.

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Arkansas mechanics lien deadlines for:

Notice Requirements for GCs
Before the project

On residential projects in Arkansas, general contractors must provide a Pre-Construction Notice to Owner required prior to starting work. At least 10 days before filing a lien, GCs must provide a Notice of Intent to Lien.

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Mechanics Lien Filing Deadline
120 Days

In Arkansas, all mechanics liens must be filed within 120 days after last furnishing labor or materials.

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Lien Enforcement Deadline
15 Months

In Arkansas, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 15 months after the lien was filed.

Notice Requirements for Subcontractors
75 Days

On commercial projects in Arkansas, subcontractors must provide a Notice to Owner and Contractor within 75 days of last furnishing work and materials. On residential projects, a Pre-Construction Notice to Owner must be sent prior to work.

All parties must provide a Notice of Intent to Lien at least 10 days before filing a lien.

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Mechanics Lien Filing Deadline
120 Days

In Arkansas, all mechanics liens must be filed within 120 days after last furnishing labor or materials.

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Lien Enforcement Deadline
15 Months

In Arkansas, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 15 months after the lien was filed.

Notice Requirements for Suppliers
75 Days

On commercial projects in Arkansas, material suppliers must provide a Notice to Owner and Contractor within 75 days of last furnishing work and materials. On residential projects, a Pre-Construction Notice to Owner must be sent prior to work.

All parties must provide a Notice of Intent to Lien at least 10 days before filing a lien.

Send Your Notice
Mechanics Lien Filing Deadline
120 Days

In Arkansas, all mechanics liens must be filed within 120 days after last furnishing labor or materials.

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Lien Enforcement Deadline
15 Months

In Arkansas, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 15 months after the lien was filed.