Indiana Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated June 9, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Indiana, 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 Indiana mechanics lien.

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Indiana mechanics lien deadlines for:

Preliminary Notice Deadlines for GCs

Indiana mechanics lien law does not require parties with a direct contract with the property owner to provide preliminary notice at the beginning of a construction project. However, sending an Indiana preliminary notice is a best practice on every job.

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Mechanics Liens Deadlines for GCs
60/90 days

Indiana's deadline to file a mechanics lien is 60 days on residential projects and 90 days on non-residential projects. These deadlines are calculated from the last date the claimant provided materials or labor.

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Lien Enforcement Deadlines
1 year

An action to enforce an Indiana mechanics lien must be initiated within 1 year of the date the lien was received for recording.

However, Indiana's lien enforcement deadline can be shortened to 30 days if the property owner properly sends a 30-day Notice to Foreclose to the lien claimant. This notice states that the failure to file suit within 30 days will render the lien null and void.

Preliminary Notice Deadlines for Subcontractors
30/60 days

Indiana mechanics lien law only requires subcontractors to provide preliminary notice on residential owner-occupied projects. If the project is new construction, the notice deadline is within 60 days of first furnishing. On renovation projects, preliminary notice is due within 30 days.

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Mechanics Lien Deadlines for Subcontractors
60/90 days

Indiana's deadline to file a mechanics lien is 60 days on residential projects and 90 days on non-residential projects. These deadlines are calculated from the last date the claimant provided materials or labor.

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Lien Enforcement Deadlines
1 year

An action to enforce an Indiana mechanics lien must be initiated within 1 year of the date the lien was received for recording.

However, Indiana's lien enforcement deadline can be shortened to 30 days if the property owner properly sends a 30-day Notice to Foreclose to the lien claimant. This notice states that the failure to file suit within 30 days will render the lien null and void.

Preliminary Notice Deadlines for Suppliers
30/60 days

Indiana mechanics lien law only requires suppliers to provide preliminary notice on residential owner-occupied projects. If the project is new construction, the notice deadline is within 60 days of first furnishing. On renovation projects, preliminary notice is due within 30 days.

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Mechanics Lien Deadlines for Suppliers
60/90 days

Indiana's deadline to file a mechanics lien is 60 days on residential projects and 90 days on non-residential projects. These deadlines are calculated from the last date the claimant provided materials or labor.

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Lien Enforcement Deadlines
1 year

An action to enforce an Indiana mechanics lien must be initiated within 1 year of the date the lien was received for recording.

However, Indiana's lien enforcement deadline can be shortened to 30 days if the property owner properly sends a 30-day Notice to Foreclose to the lien claimant. This notice states that the failure to file suit within 30 days will render the lien null and void.