Missouri Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated July 24, 2020
Sending a Missouri 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 Missouri.

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Missouri preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

General contractors are required to provide notice on private projects.

  • Notice due prior to first payment
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is sent to the owner

Excluding architects, GCs must provide a disclosure notice served on owner prior to first payment.

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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 required to notice of intent to lien on private projects.

For residential owner-occupied properties a sub must obtain consent signed by the property owner from the general contractor. If this consent is not obtained, any subcontractor without direct contact to the property owner will not have lien rights. Notice of Intent to Lien 10 days prior to filing lien. Written consent from residential owner before work.

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Public projects

Subcontractors are not required to submit notice before public projects.

Private projects

Suppliers are required to send notice on private projects.

  • Notice of intent to lien is due 10 days before lien is filed
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is sent to owner

Equipment lessors, specifically, must send a notice equipment lease within 15 days of delivery.

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Public projects

Remote suppliers (hired by second-tiers subs or another supplier) must send notice on public projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 90 days of last furnishing

Notice must also be sent according to requirements issued in the bond, if any apply. It's a good practice, therefore, to request a copy of the bond at the start of construction.

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