Ohio Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated July 15, 2020
Sending an Ohio 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 Ohio.

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Ohio 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 notice on public projects.

Since GCs will not make a claim against their own bond or their own money for non-payment, they do not have bond claim or lien on fund rights, and have no preliminary notice requirement.

Private projects

Subcontractors and suppliers are required to send notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 21 days
  • Notice can be sent late
  • Send notice to owner, GC, or designee

Notice of furnishing due within 21 days of first furnishing labor or materials - or 21 days from the filing of a notice of commencement.

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Public projects

Subcontractors and suppliers must send notice on public projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 21 days
  • Notice can be sent late
  • Notice must be sent to the GC

All claimants without a direct contract with the general contractor (excluding wage laborers), who will provide more than $30,000 of work or material must send a preliminary notice in order to preserve their bond claim rights and lien rights.

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