Virginia Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated July 22, 2020
Sending a Virginia 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 Virginia.

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Virginia preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

General contractors must sometimes send preliminary notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 30 days
  • Notice can generally be sent late
  • Notice must be sent to the lien agent or owner

On residential projects, when Mechanic Lien Agent identified in building permit, preliminary notice is required.

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Public projects

General contractors are not required to send preliminary 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 usually send preliminary notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 30 days
  • Notice can generally be sent late
  • Notice must be sent to the lien agent, GC, or owner

On residential projects, when Mechanic Lien Agent identified in building permit, 30 day preliminary notice required.

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Public projects

Subcontractors and suppliers are not required to send notice on public projects.

However, sending a preliminary notice even when not required increases transparency and streamlines the payment process.