A Notice of Commencement is a legal document available to property owners and general contractors that signifies the date of the formal start of construction on the project. The Notice of Commencement may also include other pertinent project information* including the property owner’s name and address, and the project address. Notice of Commencement is required in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio. It is optional (though still available) in South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas.
This article is going to focus on the requirements of 2 southeastern states with a lot of construction activity, Florida and Georgia. The requirements are slightly different in each state, and we’ve listed a breakdown of some of the main points for each state below.
*Both Florida and Georgia require that subcontractors and suppliers send preliminary notices, and so the additional project information the property owner or GC provides in the Notice of Commencement will help parties farther down the payment chain find all of the project information needed to complete their preliminary notices.
For Property Owners in Florida, and for Property Owners or General Contractors in Georgia:
Must notice of commencement be filed?
Who files notice of commencement?
When must notice of commencement be filed?
How is the notice of commencement filed?
Can the property owner appoint a designee?
Must the notice of commencement be provided upon request?
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For Contractors and Suppliers in Florida and Georgia:
How does notice of commencement affect me?
Where do I find notice of commencement?
Does the notice of commencement affect my notice requirements?
Does the notice of commencement affect my deadlines?
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What is a Notice of Completion?
As anyone reading this surely knows, the construction industry loves its documents! There’s a document for just about everything under the sun in the construction business. When it comes to securing payments in the construction industry, not only is there a specific document required for each step in the process, the name of that document also varies from state to state. For example, you might need a “20 Day Preliminary Notice“ in California, but in Florida, the analogous document is called a “Notice to Owner” (NTO).
Some documents, like notices and waivers, are used universally, meaning, these documents are used on construction projects and job in every state (even though the names will change, as described above).
However, there are some documents that are only used in one or a few states, and one of those documents is called the “Notice of Completion” or “Notice of Cessation.”
A Preliminary 20 Day Notice is a specific notice sent to secure the right to file a lien on construction projects in California and Arizona. Get free forms.