New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.


  • Upfront Notice:
    • Notice of Intent to Lien:
      • Required from those not dealing directly with owner.
      • If sent before starting work, lien will cover all labor or material supplied.
      • Otherwise, it is limited to amount not yet paid by the owner to the prime contractor at the time notice is received.
      • The notice should be sent to the Lender within 15 days of first delivery to maintain one’s lien priority.
  • Follow-up Notice (if not paid):
    • Statement of Account:
      • If Notice of Intent to Lien was sent after first delivery, monthly updates should be sent to the owner showing the current amount owed. Otherwise, lien is limited to amount in last statement received.
      • BICA will send an email several days before the due date each month as a reminder.
      • This notice is available on the BICA member portal.
      • It should be requested each month it is required.


  • Same handlings as for Commercial jobs.


  • Upfront Notice:
    • Notice of Intent to Lien: (Lien on Funds)
      • See handlings for Commercial jobs.
      • A lien may be placed on unpaid funds from the public contracting party referencing the same statutes as Commercial liens. This is in addition to any claim against the Bond.
      • It is recommended that the same notices used on a Commercial job are also used on a Public job for the purpose of this lien.
  • Follow-up Notice (if not paid):
    • Statement of Claim: (Bond Claim)
      • Required within 90 days of project acceptance.
      • Required to be delivered to the appropriate public contracting party within the state.
      • This notice will require additional research and handling.
      • You can request this notice by emailing or contacting BICA directly.
    • Statement of Account: (Lien on Funds)
      • See handlings for Commercial jobs.

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.