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New Hampshire Preliminary Notice Guide and FAQs

Last updated March 17, 2022
Sending a New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.


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New Hampshire preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

Preliminary Notice is not required for those contracted directly by the property owner.

Public projects

Not required.

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 notice.

  • Send notice before work starts
  • Notice can be sent late
  • Send to property owner (and mortgagee of construction mortgage, if any)

Notice of lien rights served on owner prior to providing labor or materials. Delivery of written account of labor and/or material furnished every 30 days (for the previous 30 days).

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Public projects

Not required.

However, it is generally best practice to provide preliminary notice, anyway, in order to promote visibility, open channels for communication, and streamline payment.