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Wisconsin Preliminary Notice FAQs

Sending a Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin preliminary notice requirements for:

Private projects

General contractors must submit a preliminary notice on private projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 10 days
  • Notice CANNOT be sent late
  • Notice must be sent to the owner

For prime contractors, failure to give the notice timely is generally fatal to a later lien claim.

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 on private projects.

  • Notice is due within 60 days
  • Notice can (but should not) be sent late
  • Notice is sent to the property owner

If given more than 60 days after the first furnishing of labor and/or materials, the notice only covers labor and/or materials furnished after the property owner receives notice.

Public projects

Subcontractors and suppliers must send notice on public projects.

  • Notice must be sent within 60 days
  • Notice CANNOT be sent late
  • Notice is sent to the GC

In Wisconsin, preliminary notice is generally required to preserve a claimant鈥檚 right to make a bond claim, unless one of the specific exceptions apply.