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Pennsylvania Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated April 27, 2021
Sending a Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.


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Pennsylvania 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 for non-payment, they do not have bond claim rights, and have no preliminary notice requirement.

Private projects

If the project value is greater than $1.5 million and a notice of commencement has been filed, subcontractors and suppliers must send a notice of furnishing.

  • Notice must be sent within 45 days
  • Notice CANNOT be sent late
  • Notice is filed in the Pennsylvania State Construction Notices Registry

On all projects, a notice of intent to lien is required 30 days before filing a lien.

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Public projects

Subcontractors and suppliers do NOT need to send notice on public projects.

However, sending preliminary notice even when not required is generally beneficial to promote visibility, open channels for communication, and streamline payment.