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Arizona Preliminary Notice FAQs

Sending an Arizona 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 Arizona.

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Arizona preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

General contractors must sent a preliminary notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 20 days
  • Notices can be sent late
  • Notice is sent to the owner and construction lender

Sending notice is a vital part of preserving your lien rights as a general contractor.

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 preliminary notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 20 days
  • Notice can be sent late
  • Notice must be sent to the owner, GC, construction lender, and hiring party

A person performing actual labor for wages is not required to serve notice.

Public projects

2nd-tier subcontractors must send notice on public projects. Suppliers must submit one no matter what.

  • Notice must be sent within 20 days
  • Notice can be sent late
  • Notice must be sent to the GC

It is a good idea to also send the notice to the public entity and the surety, especially as some bonds require the surety to be informed.