North Dakota Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated June 25, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in North Dakota, 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 a North Dakota mechanics lien.

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Mechanics lien

North Dakota lien law deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
10 days

Notice of Intent to Lien required to be filed 10 days before filing lien.

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Mechanics lien deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 90 days from last delivery of labor or materials. Notice of Intent to Enforce must be sent 20 days before filing enforcement action.

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Enforcement deadlines
3 years

In North Dakota, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 3 years from the date on which the lien was filed.

However, this deadline can be significantly shortened. If the property owner, or other interested party, serves a proper demand on the claimant, the deadline is shortened to 30 days from receipt of that written demand.

Preliminary notice deadlines
10 days

Notice of Intent to Lien required to be filed 10 days before filing lien.

Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 90 days from last delivery of labor or materials. Notice of Intent to Enforce must be sent 20 days before filing enforcement action.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
3 years

In North Dakota, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 3 years from the date on which the lien was filed.

However, this deadline can be significantly shortened. If the property owner, or other interested party, serves a proper demand on the claimant, the deadline is shortened to 30 days from receipt of that written demand.

Preliminary notice deadlines
10 days

Notice of Intent to Lien required to be filed 10 days before filing lien.

Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 90 days from last delivery of labor or materials. Notice of Intent to Enforce must be sent 20 days before filing enforcement action.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
3 years

In North Dakota, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 3 years from the date on which the lien was filed.

However, this deadline can be significantly shortened. If the property owner, or other interested party, serves a proper demand on the claimant, the deadline is shortened to 30 days from receipt of that written demand.