Delaware Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated August 7, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Delaware, they can file a lien to secure payment. 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 Delaware mechanics lien.

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Delaware mechanics lien & notice deadlines for:

Preliminary notice requirements

Delaware does not require any construction parties to send a preliminary notice before filing a mechanics lien.

Mechanics lien deadline
180 Days

For contractors who have a direct contract with a Delaware property owner, the deadline to file a mechanics lien is within 180 days of completion of the project. See the FAQs for more detail on timing requirements.

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Lien enforcement deadline
180 Days

An action to enforce a mechanics lien in Delaware is incorporated with the lien filing itself, and accordingly, the enforcement deadline for prime or direct contractors is the same 180 days.

Preliminary notice requirements

Delaware does not require any construction parties to send a preliminary notice before filing a mechanics lien.

Mechanics lien deadline
120 Days

Construction parties who do not have a direct contract with the property owner must generally file a mechanics lien in Delaware within 120 days of their last date of furnishing labor or materials. See the FAQs for more detail on timing requirements.

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Lien enforcement deadline
120 Days

An action to enforce a mechanics lien in Delaware is incorporated with the lien filing itself, and accordingly, the enforcement deadline is the same as the lien filing deadline.