New Jersey Lien Laws

In the state of New Jersey, existing lien laws are noted in the New Jersey state code statutes.  These lien laws highlight the entire process of securing the right to lien on an owner property for contractors, sub contractors, and materials suppliers.  Ensuring your right to lien remains intact entails adhering to the protocol mentioned in these statutes, as well as meeting all-important deadlines.  Without strict compliance with this complex process, builders may lose their right to claim lien on a given property.

Primary Contractors in New Jersey

In the state of New Jersey, there are no preliminary notice requirements to lien for commercial jobs.  However, any primary contractor wishing to file a construction lien against a property must do so no later than ninety (90) days after the last date services were rendered.  The owner of the property must also be served with a copy of the lien no later than ten (10) business days after filing construction lien. Any action for enforce lien claims must occur no later than one (1) year after the last date work or serves were rendered, unless notice from owner demanding commencement of action is received, in which case, thirty (30) days are allotted for response.

Sub Contractors in New Jersey

In the state of New Jersey, sub contractors are not required to give preliminary notice before starting on commercial worksites.  Otherwise, the entire protocol for sub contractors wishing to secure their lien rights follows the same procedural outline as those required for prime contractors, including:

  • Filing of lien required within ninety (90) days of last work on given project
  • Notification of lien served to owner within ten (10) days of  filing
  • Enforcement of lien must occur within one (1) year from last date on project
  • Demand of commencement notice from owner forces lienor to take actions on lien within thirty (30) days of receipt of demand

Materials Suppliers in New Jersey

Materials suppliers working in the state of New Jersey follow the same procedure to secure their lien rights as prime contractors and sub contractors, which is outlined above.


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