About Oregon Preliminary Notices
Oregon has the distinction of having extremely quick preliminary notice deadlines. Other than situations in which preliminary notice must be contained within a contract (Oregon has this, too), or delivered prior to furnishing labor or materials, Oregon takes the cake for short deadlines.
It’s imperative to get preliminary notice out quickly. As noted above, Oregon has the shortest preliminary notice deadline in the country. For any project participants other than parties who contracted directly with the property owner, preliminary notice (also known as a Notice of Right to Lien, in Oregon) on a residential project, must be sent within 8 days of first furnishing to the project. This is very, very quick, and a project participant who doesn’t have all their duck in a row can see that deadline fly by before they know it.
On commercial projects, the only parties specifically required to provide preliminary notice are material suppliers (including specially fabricated materials) who did contract directly with the property owner and who did not also install the materials delivered. However, it is generally advisable for all potential lien claimants to file this Notice of Right to Lien in order to most fully protect their rights. The deadline to deliver this notice is also 8 days from first furnishing labor or materials to the project.
For parties that do contract directly with the property owner, the only preliminary notice requirement is for residential projects. When working on a residential project exceeding $2,000, general contractors must deliver an Information Notice to Owner at the time of signing the contract with the owner, or within 5 days of the date of when the contractor knows that the contract will exceed $2000. The form of this notice is specifically set out by the contractor’s board, and the template must be used.