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How to File a Lien

This page contains information that will help explain what you need to do to file a lien. It also provides some of the forms you need to protect your rights and collect your fees. The focus of this information is preserve your right to file a lien, even if you never have to.

Because each project and business is unique, this information cannot be regarded as individual legal advice. For more in-depth knowledge of how Washington's lien laws affect your business, BIAW regularly offers lien law education courses by attorney Larry Linville.


How to File a Lien Notice Chart RCW 18.27.114

Statutory notice requirements and contract language for general contractors.

Model Disclosure Statement--Notice to Customer

Sample notice form for general contractors prepared by L&I (includes requirements of RCW 18.27.114).

"Construction Liens: What You Should Know About Contracts"

Prepared L&I document for general contractors that must accompany the notice to customer.

RCW 60.04.031

Statutory notice requirements and contract language for subcontractors and suppliers.

Notice to Owner

Sample notice form for subs and suppliers prepared by L&I (includes requirements of RCW 60.04.031).

Waiver of Lien

Sample waiver form that prevents the filing of any lien on a project once full or partial payment has been made.

Conditional Waiver of Lien

Sample waiver form that, upon full or partial payment, prevents the filing of liens for work and/or materials provided up to a certain date.

Claim of Lien

Form filed with County Auditor to claim lien for unpaid amounts.

Release of Lien

Form filed with the County Auditor to fully release your lien.

Conditional Release of Lien

Form filed with the County Auditor to release your lien upon payment with a cleared check.

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