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Minnesota Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated November 3, 2020
Sending a Minnesota 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 Minnesota.


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Minnesota preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

General contractors must send notice on private projects.

  • Notice is either included in contract or sent within 10 days
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is sent to owner

Preliminary notices in Minnesota, no matter which notice, are only required to be given to the property owner (or the property owner's authorized agent).

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Public projects

General contractors aren't required to submit 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 send preliminary notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 45 days
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice must be sent to owner

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Public projects

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