Washington Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated November 3, 2020
Sending a Washington 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.

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Washington preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

In some cases, general contractors must submit notice to owner on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent before work begins
  • Notice must be sent to owner
  • Notice cannot be sent late

Model Disclosure Statement due before work begins on all residential projects of over $1,000; and commercial projects between $1,000 and $60,000.

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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 notice of right to claim lien on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 60 days
  • Notice can generally be sent late
  • Notice must be sent to owner and GC

On the new construction of a single-family home, the Notice to Owner should be delivered within 10 days of first providing labor or materials to the project.

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Public projects

Subcontractors and suppliers must send notice on public projects.

  • Notice to contractor must be sent within 10 or 60 days
  • Notice cannot be sent late
  • Notice is sent to the prime contractor, or GC

Notice to contractor must be sent to the prime contractor within 10 days if contracted with a sub or sub-sub.

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