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1. Basics of a Pre-Lien.
2. Pre-Lien for Private Works
3. Pre-Lien for Public Works
Basics of a Pre-Lien

A Pre-Lien is a notice that informs all interested parties that a claimant is providing labor and/or materials and will have rights to a construction lien, stop notice, and bond claim if the claimant is not paid for his/her work. The Pre-Lien is a prerequisite for filing a construction lien, serving a stop notice, or making a claim against a bond to obtain payment.

In California, the Pre-Lien is called a "Preliminary Notice." This notice is required for both private construction jobs and public works of improvement for California’s state or local government agencies.

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