Utah Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

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

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Mechanics lien

Utah lien law deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
20 days

Preliminary notice must be filed within 20 days from commencement of work or delivery of materials. If late, only effective from 5 days after filing.


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Mechanics lien deadlines
90 days

90 days from notice of completion, or if not filed, 180 days from completion of work. Never later than 180 days from end of work. Preconstruction lien 90 days after completion of claimant's services.


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Enforcement deadlines
180 days

In Utah, an action to enforce a mechanics lien (both pre-construction or construction) must generally be initiated within 180 days of the date on which the Notice of Lien was filed.


In addition to initiating the action to enforce the lien claim, the lien claimant must also record a lis pendens with the county recorder in the county where the lien was recorded.

Preliminary notice deadlines
20 days

Preliminary notice must be filed within 20 days from commencement of work or delivery of materials. If late, only effective from 5 days after filing. Can never be filed more than 10 days from Notice of Completion.


Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
90 days

90 days from notice of completion, or if not filed, 180 days from completion of work. Never later than 180 days from end of work. Preconstruction lien 90 days after completion of claimant's services.


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Enforcement deadlines
180 days

In Utah, an action to enforce a mechanics lien (both pre-construction or construction) must generally be initiated within 180 days of the date on which the Notice of Lien was filed.


In addition to initiating the action to enforce the lien claim, the lien claimant must also record a lis pendens with the county recorder in the county where the lien was recorded.

Preliminary notice deadlines
20 days

Preliminary notice must be filed within 20 days from commencement of work or delivery of materials. If late, only effective from 5 days after filing. Can never be filed more than 10 days from Notice of Completion.


Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
90 days

90 days from notice of completion, or if not filed, 180 days from completion of work. Never later than 180 days from end of work. Preconstruction lien 90 days after completion of claimant's services.


File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
180 days

In Utah, an action to enforce a mechanics lien (both pre-construction or construction) must generally be initiated within 180 days of the date on which the Notice of Lien was filed.


In addition to initiating the action to enforce the lien claim, the lien claimant must also record a lis pendens with the county recorder in the county where the lien was recorded.