Connecticut Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated July 21, 2020
Sending a Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

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Connecticut preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

General contractors are not required to send notice in Connecticut.

However, it is advised to file an affidavit with the county clerk within 15 days of commencing work.

Public projects

General contractors are not required to send notice on public projects in Connecticut.

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 projects

Subcontractors and suppliers are not required to send preliminary notice on private projects. However, a notice of intent should be sent before filing a mechanics lien.

  • Notice must be sent within 90 days
  • Notice must be sent to the owner or the GC
  • Notice cannot be sent late

Notices of intent are sent within 90 days after ceasing work and filing a lien claim.

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Public projects

Parties who remain unpaid 30 days after their hiring party is paid for the work the claimant provided must provide notice to the hiring party in order to gain protections.

  • Notice must be sent within 30 days
  • Notice must be sent to the hiring party
  • Notice CAN be sent late

Notice may be given at any time until the time has passed in which a suit to recover against the bond has elapsed.

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