Kentucky Mechanics Lien Rules, Requirements & FAQs

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

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Kentucky mechanics lien deadlines for:

Preliminary Notice Requirements for GCs

Kentucky does not require General Contractors to send preliminary notice to the property owner in order to retain the right to file a mechanics lien. However, sending a Kentucky preliminary notice is best practice on every project.



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Mechanics Lien Deadlines for GCs
6 months


The deadline to file a Kentucky mechanics lien is 6 months from last providing materials or labor.



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Lien Enforcement Deadlines for GCs
12 months


An action to enforce a Kentucky mechanics lien must be commenced within 12 months from the date on which the lien was filed. The enforcement deadline can not be extended in Kentucky.


Preliminary Notice Requirements for Subs
75/120 days


Subcontractors in Kentucky must provide a Notice to Owner within 75 days of last furnishing labor or materials if contract is $1000 or less. If the contract is more than $1000, subs must give notice within 120 days of last furnishing labor or materials. On owner-occupied residential projects, notice must always be provided within 75 days of last furnishing.



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Mechanics Lien Deadlines for Subs
6 months


The deadline to file a Kentucky mechanics lien is 6 months from last providing materials or labor.



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Lien Enforcement Deadlines for Subs
12 months


An action to enforce a Kentucky mechanics lien must be commenced within 12 months from the date on which the lien was filed. The enforcement deadline can not be extended in Kentucky.


Preliminary Notice Deadlines for Suppliers
75/120 days


Material suppliers in Kentucky must provide a Notice to Owner within 75 days of last furnishing materials if the contract is valued at $1000 or less. If the contract is more than $1000, suppliers must provide a NTO within 120 days of last furnishing materials. On owner-occupied residential projects, notice must always be provided within 75 days of last furnishing.



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Mechanics Lien Deadlines for Suppliers
6 months


The deadline to file a Kentucky mechanics lien is 6 months from last providing materials or labor.



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Lien Enforcement Deadlines for Suppliers
12 months


An action to enforce a Kentucky mechanics lien must be commenced within 12 months from the date on which the lien was filed. The enforcement deadline can not be extended in Kentucky.