Florida NTO
Guide & FAQs

Last updated November 3, 2020
Sending a preliminary notice is an effective way to speed up payment on a Florida 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 a Florida preliminary notice, also known as a Notice to Owner.

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Florida Notice to Owner requirements for:

Private projects

General contractors in Florida must provide list of all subcontractors and suppliers within 10 days of request from the property owner.

Public projects

Prime contractors are not required to provide a preliminary notice on public projects in Florida.

Private projects

On a private construction project in Florida, any party not hired by the property owner must send a Notice to Owner by the earlier date of:

  • 45 days after first providing labor or materials
  • 45 days when work begins on making specialty materials
  • Before owner's final payment to prime contractor under its contract

Sub-Subcontractors must serve notice to the property owner by the earlier date of:

  • 45 days after first commencing work or furnishing materials
  • Before final payment to their hiring party
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Public projects

On public construction projects in Florida, any party not hired by the general contractor must send a Notice to Contractor to the GC to protect their right to make a bond claim.

Preliminary notice is required by the earlier date of:

  • 45 days after first providing labor or materials
  • 45 days when work begins on making specialty materials
  • Before customer receives final payment on their contract
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