Colorado Mechanics Lien Laws: Guide and FAQs

Last updated November 5, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Colorado, they can file a lien to secure payment (even if they were hired by a tenant). A mechanics lien is a legal tool that provides the unpaid party with a security interest in the property. This page breaks down the rules, requirements, and deadlines you need to follow to file a Colorado mechanics lien.

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Mechanics lien

Colorado lien & notice deadlines for:

Notice requirements
10 Days

Colorado requires all potential lien claimants to serve a Notice of Intent to Lien on the property owner 10 days before filing.

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Mechanics lien deadline
2 Months

Individual laborers in Colorado must file a lien within 2 months from completion of the project.

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Enforcement deadline
6 Months

Claimants must file an action to enforce a mechanics lien in Colorado within 6 months after completion or last furnishing of services or materials; whichever is later.

Notice requirements
10 Days

Colorado requires all potential lien claimants to serve a Notice of Intent to Lien on the property owner 10 days before filing.

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Mechanics lien deadline
4 Months

General contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and most others must file a Colorado mechanics lien within 4 months after last providing services or materials.

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Enforcement deadline
6 Months

Claimants must file an an action to enforce a mechanics lien in Colorado within 6 months after completion or last furnishing of services or materials; whichever is later.