Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated June 29, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania mechanics lien.

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Pennsylvania lien law deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
None
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Mechanics lien deadlines
6 months

Lien must be filed w/in 6 months after last labor or materials furnished.

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Enforcement deadlines
2 years

In Pennsylvania, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 2 years of the date of filing the lien claim.

This deadline may not be extended, and failure to meet the deadline results in the lien becoming unenforceable.

Preliminary notice deadlines
45 days

On projects of more than $1.5 million, if a Notice of Commencement was filed in the State Construction Registry, a Notice Furnishing must be filed through the registry within 45 days of first furnishing labor and materials. On all projects, a Notice of intent to lien is required 30 days before filing a lien.

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Mechanics lien deadlines
6 months

Lien must be filed w/in 6 months after last labor or materials furnished.

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Enforcement deadlines
2 years

In Pennsylvania, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 2 years of the date of filing the lien claim.

This deadline may not be extended, and failure to meet the deadline results in the lien becoming unenforceable.

Preliminary notice deadlines
45 days

On projects of more than $1.5 million, if a Notice of Commencement was filed in the State Construction Registry, a Notice Furnishing must be filed through the registry within 45 days of first furnishing labor and materials. On all projects, a Notice of intent to lien is required 30 days before filing a lien.

Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
6 months

Lien must be filed w/in 6 months after last labor or materials furnished.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
2 years

In Pennsylvania, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 2 years of the date of filing the lien claim.

This deadline may not be extended, and failure to meet the deadline results in the lien becoming unenforceable.