Rhode Island Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated November 3, 2020
Sending a Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.


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Rhode Island preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

General contractors must send a notice of possible mechanics lien on private projects.

  • Notice must be send within 10 days
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is sent to the owner

Additional notice sometimes required in contract. Notice of Intent must be given to Owner within same 200-day period as lien.

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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

Subcontractors and suppliers must send a notice of intent on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 200 days
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is sent to the owner

Rhode Island requires potential lien claimants to provide preliminary notice.

Public projects

Subs and suppliers are not required to provide 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.