Michigan Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated July 24, 2020
Sending a Michigan 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 Michigan.

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Michigan 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 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 must provide notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 20 days
  • Notice may be sent late
  • Notice is sent to owner and GC

This deadline is extended for laborers, who have 30 days after wages were due, and not paid, to serve notice. Additionally, subs must provide a sworn statement like the GC on residential projects, prior to receipt of payment.

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Public projects

2nd-tier subcontractors and suppliers must send notice on public projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 30 days
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is sent to GC and public entity

Suppliers or others who contract with the GC are not specifically required to send preliminary notice.

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