Louisiana Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated July 24, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Louisiana, 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 Louisiana mechanics lien.

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Louisiana lien & notice requirements for:

Preliminary notice requirements
Before Work

Prime contractors in Louisiana must file a Notice of Contract before work begins if the contract value is more than $100,000.00.

On owner-occupied residential projects, the prime contractor must deliver a Notice of Lien Rights to the property owner before commencing work.

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Mechanics lien deadline
60 Days
Louisiana's deadline to file a mechanics lien is generally 60 days from substantial completion of the entire work. However, this deadline can vary. Read the FAQs for more detail. File A Lien Fast
Lien enforcement deadline
1 Year

In Louisiana, claimants must act to enforce their lien within 1 year of their filing. This enforcement deadline may not be extended.

Preliminary notice requirements

Louisiana subcontractors are not generally required to provide notice before filing a mechanics lien. However, sending a preliminary notice can help reduce payment problems on a project.

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Mechanics lien deadline
60 Days
Louisiana's deadline to file a mechanics lien is generally 60 days from substantial completion of the entire work. However, this deadline can vary. Read the FAQs for more detail. File A Lien Fast
Lien enforcement deadline
1 Year

In Louisiana, claimants must act to enforce their lien within 1 year of their filing. This enforcement deadline may not be extended.

Preliminary notice requirements
10/30/75 Days

If hired by someone other than the prime contractor, Louisiana suppliers must send a preliminary notice within 75 days of the last day of each month of furnishing labor and/or materials.

Equipment Lessors must deliver a Notice of Lease to the owner and prime contractor within 10 days of furnishing equipment.

Design professionals in Louisiana must send a notice to the owner within 30 days of being hired.

Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadline
60 Days
Louisiana's deadline to file a mechanics lien is generally 60 days from substantial completion of the entire work. However, this deadline can vary. Read the FAQs for more detail. File A Lien Fast
Lien enforcement deadline
1 Year

In Louisiana, claimants must act to enforce their lien within 1 year of their filing. This enforcement deadline may not be extended.