Oregon Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

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Last updated June 23, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Oregon, 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 an Oregon mechanics lien.

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Mechanics lien

Oregon lien law deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
With Contract

Information Notice to Owner at time of contract execution for residential projects.


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Mechanics lien deadlines
75 days

Lien must be filed w/in 75 days after last labor or materials furnished, or completion of project (whatever earlier).


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Enforcement deadlines
120 days

Generally, an action to enforce an Oregon mechanics lien must be initiated within 120 days after the filing of lien.


Oregon has a unique enforcement deadline, however, in that this time may be extended in periods of 120 days for up to 2 years. In order to extend the deadline, an extended payment plan must be arranged between the parties with the terms of the plan stated in the lien itself.

Preliminary notice deadlines
8 days

Notice of right to lien served on owner (and lender, if any) within 8 days of providing labor/materials on residential projects.


Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
75 days

Lien must be filed w/in 75 days after last labor or materials furnished, or completion of project (whatever earlier).


File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
120 days

Generally, an action to enforce an Oregon mechanics lien must be initiated within 120 days after the filing of lien.


Oregon has a unique enforcement deadline, however, in that this time may be extended in periods of 120 days for up to 2 years. In order to extend the deadline, an extended payment plan must be arranged between the parties with the terms of the plan stated in the lien itself.

Preliminary notice deadlines
8 days

Notice of right to lien served on owner (and lender, if any) within 8 days of providing labor/materials on residential projects.


Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
75 days

Lien must be filed w/in 75 days after last labor or materials furnished, or completion of project (whatever earlier).


File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
120 days

Generally, an action to enforce an Oregon mechanics lien must be initiated within 120 days after the filing of lien.


Oregon has a unique enforcement deadline, however, in that this time may be extended in periods of 120 days for up to 2 years. In order to extend the deadline, an extended payment plan must be arranged between the parties with the terms of the plan stated in the lien itself.