Alabama Preliminary Notice
Guide & FAQs

Last updated November 3, 2020
Sending an Alabama preliminary notice is an effective way to speed up payment on a construction project. A preliminary notice is an informational document typically sent to the property owner near the beginning of a construction project. Here's what you need to know about the rules and requirements for sending preliminary notice in Alabama.

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Alabama Preliminary Notice requirements:

Private Jobs

Anyone contracting directly with the property owner (an “original contractor”) does not need to send a preliminary notice. However, sending a notice on every project is a good business practice.

Public Jobs

Alabama does not require preliminary notices be sent to preserve the right to make a claim against a payment bond on a public project.

On public jobs, any claims for non-payment are made against the general contractor's bond. Since GCs will not make a claim against their own bond for non-payment, they do not have bond claim rights, and have no preliminary notice requirement.

Private Jobs

If there is not direct contract with owner, a Notice of Unpaid Lien must be provided to owner before a claimant may file a lien. Additionally, a pre-work notice to owner provides "full-price" lien protection for any party furnishing materials to the job.

While there is no specific deadline for the notice of unpaid lien, it must be derived prior to filing a lien - if not, the lien is rendered invalid. The pre-work notice to owner must be delivered before work commences in order to be effective to provide "full price" lien rights.

Notices in Alabama are only required to be sent to the property owner.

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Public Jobs

Alabama does not require preliminary notices be sent to preserve the right to make a claim against a payment bond on a public project.

Private Jobs

If there is not direct contract with owner, a Notice of Unpaid Lien must be provided to the owner before filing for lien. For any party supplying materials, a pre-furnishing notice to owner may be provided to obtain the same lien rights as a general contractor.

While there is no specific deadline for the notice of unpaid lien, it must be derived prior to filing a lien - if not, the lien is rendered invalid. The pre-work notice to owner must be delivered before work commences in order to be effective to provide "full price" lien rights.

Notices in Alabama are only required to be sent to the property owner.

Send Your Notice

Public Jobs

Alabama does not require preliminary notices be sent to preserve the right to make a claim against a payment bond on a public project.