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Washington D.C. Preliminary Notice Rules
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Preliminary notice not required in WV
Preliminary Notices Are Not Required

Washington D.C. does not require GC's, subcontractors, or suppliers to send preliminary notices although they are recommended for project transparency and speedy payment.


Preliminary notice not required in WV
D.C. GC's not required to send notice

Washington D.C. GC's are not required to send preliminary notices on private projects.


Preliminary notice not required in WV
D.C. Subcontractors are not required to send notice

Washington D.C. subcontractors are not required to send preliminary notices.


Preliminary notice not required in WV
D.C. Suppliers are not required to send notice

Washington D.C. suppliers are not required to send preliminary notices, although they're recommended as suppliers are farther down the payment chain and general contractors may not know suppliers are on the job when payment is made to subcontractors.

Preliminary notice not required in WV
Preliminary Notices Are Not Required

Washington D.C. does not require GC's, subcontractors, or suppliers to send preliminary notices although they are recommended for project transparency and speedy payment.


Preliminary notice not required in WV
D.C. GC's not required to send notice

Washington D.C. GC's are not required to send notice on public projects.


Preliminary notice not required in WV
D.C. Subcontractors not required to send notice

Washington D.C. subcontractors are not required to send preliminary notices, although recommended as owners may not know of a sub on the job or GC's may not know of sub-subs on the job.


Preliminary notice not required in WV
D.C. Suppliers not required to send notice

Washington D.C. suppliers are not required to send preliminary notices, although they're recommended as suppliers are farther down the payment chain and general contractors may not know suppliers are on the job when payment is made to subcontractors.

It’s rare that a state has no preliminary notice requirements for any party on any project, but that’s the case in Washington DC (even though it’s not really a state).

While there may be no specific requirements to provide a preliminary notice in the District of Columbia, that doesn’t mean that providing some the of notice is a bad idea. In fact, providing preliminary notice, even when not required, is usually the smart thing to do. Providing a voluntary preliminary notice document, provided it’s drafted and formulated correctly, can be beneficial by promoting project visibility, providing helpful information, opening channels for communication, and streamlining payment.

The above are just some of the many reasons to provide voluntary preliminary notices, or as we like to call them at Levelset, “visibility documents” but, in fact, there are many more reasons, as well.

Preliminary Notice Frequently Asked Questions

If you're sending preliminary notices in Washington D.C., it's important to get all the details right. If you're receiving prelims, it's important to know what you're looking at and know what to do in followup. Since prelims are subject to a lot of complex rules and requirements, this can all be difficult. Not to mention that the process is tedious for everyone involved. These are some frequently asked questions about the Washington D.C. preliminary notice process.

Washington D.C. Private Project Preliminary Notice FAQs

Do I need to send a Washington DC Preliminary Notice?

Washington DC is a non-notice state. Therefore, there are no preliminary notice requirements.

When do I need to send a Washington DC Preliminary Notice?

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What if I send the Washington DC Preliminary Notice Late?

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How Should the Washington DC Preliminary Notice be Sent?

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Do I have to send the Washington D.C. Preliminary Notice to Someone Other than the Owner?

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Is the Washington DC Preliminary Notice Considered Delivered When Sent or When Received?

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Washington D.C. Public Project Preliminary Notice FAQs

Do I Need to Send a Washington DC Preliminary Notice?

No. Washington DC does not require any preliminary notice to preserve the right to make a bond claim.

When do I Need to Send a Washington DC Preliminary Notice?

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What if I Send the Washington DC Preliminary Notice Late?

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How Should the Washington DC Preliminary Notice be Sent?

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To Whom Must the Washington DC Preliminary Notice be Given?

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