Illinois Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated October 21, 2020
Sending an Illinois 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 Illinois.

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Illinois preliminary notice requirements for:

Private jobs

Preliminary notice is not required.

Parties who contract directly with the property owner are not required to send preliminary notice in Illinois.

Public jobs

N/A

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 working on single-family owner-occupied residence, notice required within 60 days of starting work.

  • Due within 60 days
  • Sent to Property Owner (and Mortgage Lender)
  • Can be sent late sometimes

Additionally, a Notice of Intent to Lien must be provided within 90 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials on ALL projects.

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Public jobs

Preliminary notice is not required.

Illinois does not require a preliminary notice to be sent in order to retain rights to make a claim against the payment bond secured for a project. However, there are many reasons why sending a preliminary notice even when not specifically required can sometimes be beneficial.