Wisconsin Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated September 1, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin mechanics lien.

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Wisconsin lien deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
10 days

Preliminary Notice in original contract or served on owner within 10 days after beginning work (if oral contract) Notice of intent to lien required 30 days before lien.

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Mechanics liens deadlines
6 months

Lien must be filed within 6 months from last providing labor or materials.

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Enforcement deadlines
2 years

In Wisconsin, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 2 years from the filing of the lien.

This deadline may not be extended, and if the deadline is missed, the lien expires and becomes unenforceable.

Preliminary notice deadlines
60 days

Preliminary notice usually required 60 days after first providing labor or materials to owner. Notice of intent to lien required 30 days before lien.

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Mechanics liens deadlines
6 months

Lien must be filed within 6 months from last providing labor or materials.

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Enforcement deadlines
2 years

In Wisconsin, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 2 years from the filing of the lien.

This deadline may not be extended, and if the deadline is missed, the lien expires and becomes unenforceable.

Preliminary notice deadlines
60 days

Preliminary notice required 60 days after first providing labor or materials to owner. Notice of intent to lien required 30 days before lien.

Send Your Notice
Mechanics liens deadlines
6 months

Lien must be filed within 6 months from last providing labor or materials.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
2 years

In Wisconsin, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 2 years from the filing of the lien.

This deadline may not be extended, and if the deadline is missed, the lien expires and becomes unenforceable.