Kentucky Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated July 23, 2020
Sending a Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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Kentucky preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

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

Public projects

General contractors are not required to send 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 must usually send notice on private projects.

  • Notice to owner must be given within 75 days of last furnishing labor or materials if contract is $1000 or less
  • If it is more than $1000, notice must be given within 120 days of last furnishing labor or materials - Always must be provided within 75 days on owner-occupied residential projects
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is sent to owner
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Public projects

Subcontractors and suppliers aren't required to send notice on public projects.

If the desired remedy is a lien on project funds, however, a notice must be provided prior to the lien claim itself. This notice can even be given prior to beginning work.