I am looking for detailed information about who I should be sending Prelim Notices too.
Jun 7, 2019
Good question. Because you mentioned a surety, I'll start with information relating to preliminary notice on California public construction projects. Then, I'll discuss private projects.
On California public projects, preliminary notice must be sent to the prime contractor and the public agency who owns the project. Though, it's generally good practice to send notice to the surety as well. Plus, when hired by someone other than the project's prime contractor, sending notice to your direct customer could have benefits too - though it's not required.
For private projects in California, preliminary notice must be sent to the property owner, the prime contractor, and the construction lender, if one is present. For prime contractors hired directly by the property owner, preliminary notice must be sent to the lender if one is present on the job - but otherwise, if no lender is present, no notice is required.