Washington DC Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated July 21, 2020
Sending a Washington DC 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 Washington DC.

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Washington DC preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

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

However, sending a preliminary notice on every project improves transparency on the job and could contribute to a speedy payment.

Public projects

General contractors are not required to send a preliminary notice on public projects.

Private projects

Subcontractors and suppliers are not required to send a preliminary notice in private projects.

However, sending a preliminary notice no matter the requirements is a good way to improve transparency and facilitate a speedier payment.

Public projects

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