Utah Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated July 22, 2020
Sending a Utah 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 Utah.

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Utah preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

General contractors must file preliminary notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be filed within 20 days
  • Notice can sometimes be filed late
  • Notice must be filed with the SCR

A construction preliminary notice may be filed after the 20-day deadline, but is only effective beginning 5 days after the preliminary notice is filed. Note, however that it can never be filed more than 10 days after a notice of completion is filed.

Public projects

General contractors cannot file a preliminary notice on public projects. However, they must submit a notice of commencement.

  • NOCs must be filed within 15 days
  • NOCs must be filed with the SCR

Failure to submit a notice of commencement means lower-tiered subs don't have to file preliminary notices.

Private projects

Subcontractors and suppliers must submit preliminary notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be filed within 20 days
  • Notice can sometimes be filed late
  • Notice must be filed with the SCR

A construction preliminary notice may be filed after the 20-day deadline, but is only effective beginning 5 days after the preliminary notice is filed. Note, however that it can never be filed more than 10 days after a notice of completion is filed.

Public projects

Subcontractors and suppliers must submit preliminary notice on public projects.

  • Notice CAN be sent late
  • Notice must be filed with the SCR
  • Notice must be sent within 20 days

If Notice of Commencement is not filed, or is filed later than 15 days after the claimant first furnishes labor and/or materials to the project, no preliminary notice is specifically required.