New York 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 York.


  • Upfront Notice: BICA sends a Courtesy Notice.
  • Follow-up Notice: There is no statutory follow-up notice.


  • Same handlings as for Commercial jobs with the exception that Lien must be filed within 4 months of project completion or last providing of labor or material, instead of 8 months.


  • Upfront Notice: BICA sends a Courtesy Notice.
  • Follow-up Notice (if not paid):
    • Notice to Contractor:
      • Required within 120 days of your last work or delivery on the job, if you do not have a direct contract with the original contractor.
      • Must be sent by Registered Mail.
      • 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.