Mississippi Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

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Last updated June 9, 2020
If contractors or suppliers in Mississippi aren't paid on a construction project, they can file a mechanics lien to secure payment. A mechanics lien is a legal tool that gives the unpaid party a security interest in the property, essentially providing a payment guarantee. These are the rules, requirements, and deadlines you need to follow to file a Mississippi mechanics lien.

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Mississippi mechanics lien deadlines for:

Preliminary Notice Requirements for GCs

General contractors in Mississippi do not necessarily need to provide a traditional preliminary notice. But they may need to provide a list of subcontractors, if requested by owner. However, sending a Mississippi preliminary notice is best practice on every project.


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Mechanics Lien Deadline
90 days

The deadline to file a Mississippi mechanics lien is 90 days from the last date the claimant provided labor and/or materials to the project.


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Lien Enforcement Deadline
180 days

An action to enforce a Mississippi mechanics lien must be initiated within 180 days from date on which the lien was filed. This deadline may not be extended, and missing the deadline will render the lien unenforceable.

Preliminary Notice Requirements for Subcontractors
30 days

Sub-subcontractors must provide a Mississippi preliminary notice to the general contractor (or to the owner if no GC exists) within 30 days of first furnishing labor and or materials to the project.


On single-family residential projects only, all parties who did not contract directly with the property owner must provide the owner with a “pre-lien written notice” (notice of intent to lien) at least 10 days prior to filing a claim of lien.


Send Your Notice
Mechanics Lien Deadline
90 days

The deadline to file a Mississippi mechanics lien is 90 days from the last date the claimant provided labor and/or materials to the project.


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Lien Enforcement Deadline
180 days

An action to enforce a Mississippi mechanics lien must be initiated within 180 days from date on which the lien was filed. This deadline may not be extended, and missing the deadline will render the lien unenforceable.

Preliminary Notice Deadlines for Suppliers
30 days

Suppliers that do not contract with the owner or GC must provide a Mississippi preliminary notice to the general contractor (or to the owner if no GC exists) within 30 days of first furnishing labor and or materials to the project.


On single-family residential projects only, all parties who did not contract directly with the property owner must provide the owner with a “pre-lien written notice” (notice of intent to lien) at least 10 days prior to filing a claim of lien.


Send Your Notice
Mechanics Lien Deadline
90 days

The deadline to file a Mississippi mechanics lien is 90 days from the last date the claimant provided labor and/or materials to the project.


File A Lien Fast
Lien Enforcement Deadline
180 days

An action to enforce a Mississippi mechanics lien must be initiated within 180 days from date on which the lien was filed. This deadline may not be extended, and missing the deadline will render the lien unenforceable.