Massachusetts Mechanic’s Lien

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Below is an overview of the preliminary steps for filing a mechanic’s lien in the state of Massachusetts.


  • Upfront Notice:
    • Notice of Identification:
      • This is not required if you are working directly for the General Contractor.
      • Required within 30 days of your first delivery on the job.
  • Follow-up Notice (if not paid):
    • Notice of Contract:
      • Required to be filed with the Registry of Deeds for the County or District.
      • Owner must be notified of the filing.
      • Must be filed within 60 days after a Notice of Substantial Completion is filed (or 90 days from project completion if no Notice of Substantial Completion is filed)
      • This notice may be requested by directly emailing or contacting BICA.
      • There is some special handling needed on this notice, so BICA will contact you for additional information.


  • Same handlings as for Commercial jobs.


  • Upfront Notice: BICA sends a Courtesy Notice.
  • Follow-up Notice (if not paid):
    • Notice to Contractor:
      • This notice is required of a supplier or sub-subcontractor who has a contract with a subcontractor or lower tier.
      • Required within 65 days of last delivery.
      • Surety should be notified as well as Contractor.
      • This notice is available on the BICA member portal.

Throughout our site you can find more resources on the process of filing mechanic’s liens and preliminary notices. If you’re ready to get started, be sure to reach out to us on our contact page, or call us at (800) 722-2422.