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South Carolina Preliminary Notice FAQs

Last updated February 19, 2021
Sending a South Carolina 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 South Carolina.

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South Carolina preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

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

A general contractor can file a Notice of Commencement within 15 days of a projects commencement to either the Clerk of Court or Register of Deeds in the property鈥檚 county.

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

However, to protect full lien rights in South Carolina, you may want to send a notice of furnishing labor or materials.

  • Send notice before filing a lien
  • Send notice to the owner or GC
  • No time limit

Public projects

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

However, to protect a lien amount in South Carolina, you may want to send a notice of furnishing labor or materials.

  • Send notice before filing a lien
  • Send notice to the owner or GC
  • No time limit