New Jersey Preliminary Notice Guide and FAQs

Last updated July 15, 2020
Sending a New Jersey 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 Jersey.

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New Jersey preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

Generally, no Preliminary Notice is required.

However, on residential projects, the GC should file and serve a Notice of Unpaid Balance and Right to File Lien to retain the right to file a lien if necessary.

Public projects

Preliminary notice 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.

  • Must be sent within 60 days
  • CANNOT be sent late
  • File with county clerk

Notice of Unpaid Balance is due within 60 days of last furnishing on residential projects for a project participant to retain the right to file a lien if necessary.

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Public projects

Subcontractors and suppliers must send notice.

  • Must be sent within 20 days
  • CAN be sent late
  • Send to GC and public entity representative
  • File with county clerk

Preliminary notice is required for all parties who didn't contract with either the public entity or the GC.

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