Idaho Mechanics Lien Laws

In order to protect wage and materials claims against a project owner, contractors and other entities involved in a given project should be aware of and abide by existing lien law timelines in the state of Idaho to ensure their compensation. Below is a list of important dates and other statutes of limitation regarding liens in the state of Idaho per Idaho state code.

Notice Requirements for Mechanics Liens in Idaho

Primary Contractors

In Idaho, there are no deadlines or requirements to file preliminary notice of lien following the commencement of a given project by primary contractors. Primary contractors wishing to make claims of lien have to file with their appropriate county recorder, where the property in dispute is located, no more than ninety (90) days after finishing project or stopping activity at a given site. Owners of a given property in dispute must be served with an accurate copy of claim of lien within five (5) business days of filing the actual claim of lien with county recorder. If wishing to foreclose on a property due to lien claims, primary contractors must initiate this action within no more than six (6) months of lien filing.

Sub Contractors

Sub contractors in Idaho must adhere to the same timelines and process when making lien claims as primary contractors, including:

  • No requirement for preliminary lien claims
  • Lien claims must be filed in jurisdiction of property with county recorder no more than ninety (90) days after last day on location, including completion of project or leaving project for any due cause
  • Property owners must be served with accurate copy of actual lien claim no more than five (5) working days following filing of lien claim by sub contractor
  • Foreclosure due to claim of lien must be initiated no more than six (6) months after date of filing lien claim

Materials Suppliers

Materials suppliers in Idaho are not required to file preliminary lien claims, and in the same manner as contractors and sub contractors, must adhere to the same timeline and process for filing claims of liens, giving notice, and taking foreclosure action due to lien claims.

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