Georgia Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated September 4, 2020
In Georgia, most subcontractors and suppliers must send preliminary notice to retain the right to file a mechanics lien or make a bond claim. A preliminary notice is an informational document typically sent to the GC and/or the property owner near the beginning of a construction project. Here's what you need to know about the rules and requirements for sending (and filing) preliminary notice in Georgia.

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Georgia preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

General contractors are not required to send a preliminary notice on private projects.

Public projects

General contractors are not required to send a preliminary notice on public projects.

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 often must send notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 30 days
  • Notice is sent to owner and prime contractor
  • Notices CANNOT be sent late

If the GC filed a notice of commencement, parties who do not have a direct contract with the owner must send notice.

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Public projects

Subcontractors and suppliers often must send notice on public projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 30 days
  • Notice is sent to the original contractor
  • Notice CANNOT be sent late

If a notice of commencement was filed, parties who did not contract directly with the owner must send a preliminary notice to the general contractor to preserve their lien rights.

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