Idaho Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated July 13, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Idaho, 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. This page breaks down the rules, requirements, and deadlines you need to follow to file an Idaho mechanics lien.

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When should a mechanics lien be used in the payment process?

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Idaho lien deadlines for:

Preliminary notice requirements
Prime Contractor only

On residential projects in Idaho, the prime contractor must send a Residential Disclosure Notice before entering contract for more than $2000.

Idaho doesn't require other parties to send a preliminary notice before filing a mechanics lien. However, sending a prelim can reduce payment problems and help you get paid faster.

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Mechanics lien deadline
90 Days

In Idaho, a mechanics lien must be filed within 90 days after last furnishing of labor or materials.

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Lien enforcement deadline
6 Months

Idaho claimants must enforce their mechanics lien within 6 months of filing the lien.

Idaho mechanic liens can not be extended, and missing the enforcement deadline renders the lien unenforceable.