Maryland Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated July 23, 2020
Sending a Maryland 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 Maryland.

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Maryland 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 provide notice of lien claim on private projects to protect their lien rights.

  • Notice must be sent within 120 days
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is sent to the owner
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Public projects

Subcontractors and suppliers are not required to send notice on public projects.

However, on a state project, a subcontractor is required to inform the state procurement officer if the sub is aware the general received payment, but is late in making payment to the sub.