Illinois

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COMMERCIAL:

  • Upfront Notice: BICA sends a Courtesy Notice.
  • Follow-up Notice (if not paid):
    • Subcontractor’s Notice of Intention to File a Lien:
      • If you have not been paid, this notice is required within 90 days of the last date materials or labor were supplied to the job.
      • This notice is available on the BICA member portal.

RESIDENTIAL:

  • Upfront Notice:
    • The Notice to Owner is required within 60 days of first furnishing labor or materials.
  • Follow-up Notice (if not paid):
    • Subcontractor’s Notice of Intention to File a Lien:
      • This notice is required within 90 days of the last date materials or labor were supplied to the job.
      • This notice is available on the BICA member portal.

PUBLIC:

  • Upfront Notice: BICA sends a Courtesy Notice.
  • Follow-up Notice:
    • Claim on Bond: This notice is required within 180 days of last delivery.
      • This maintains your right to sue against the Payment Bond.
      • Must be filed with the “officer, board, bureau or department awarding the contract”, or if at the municipal (local, non-State) level, with the Clerk or Secretary of that political subdivision. Identifying this person and filing this notice will require additional BICA research.
      • You can request this service by directly emailing or contacting BICA.
      • Unless requested otherwise, BICA will send a “Combo” notice that also includes the following (along with the Claim on Bond):
  • Lien on Funds (Notice of Claim):
    • Similar to a Stop Notice, this notice sent to the Owner places a lien on any funds not yet disbursed to the Contractor for the amount owed the Claimant.
    • A suit must be commenced within 90 days of making this claim, or within 15 days prior to lapse of funds.