Louisiana Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated November 3, 2020
Sending a Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

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Louisiana preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

On private projects of more than $100,000, general contractors must file a Notice of Contract.

  • Notice must be submitted before work starts
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is recorded

A Notice of Lien Rightsmay also be required if the project is an owner-occupied, residential property.

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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 are not required to send notice on private projects.

Public projects

Subcontractors are not required to send notice on public projects in order to make a claim against the provided payment bond.

Private projects

Suppliers must send a Notice of Non-Payment on private projects if hired by a subcontractor.

  • Notice must be sent within 75 days of the month of last furnishing
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is either sent to owner and GC

Equipment Lessors must deliver a Notice of Lease to the owner within 30 days of first furnishing.

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Public projects

Suppliers and equipment lessors must provide notice on public projects.

  • Equipment Lessors are required to provide preliminary notice no more than 10 days after the movables are first placed at the site for use in work.
  • A material supplier to a subcontractor must send a Notice of Non-Payment to the general contractor within 75 days from the last day of each month in which the material was delivered.
  • Notice may not be sent late
  • Notice is sent to the GC and the public entity
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