In Florida, filing a Notice of Commencement is required. Are you interested in the importance of filing a Notice of Commencement? If so, see our previous article. In this article, we discuss when to file a Notice of Commencement to protect you as a general contractor.
No More Than 90
File a Notice of Commencement before you supply any labor or materials. However, no more than 90 days before a project begins. If you are unable to begin the project within 30 days of filing a Notice of Commencement, the notice will be considered void and you will have to re-file. Our Tampa construction lawyers recommend getting legal advice to avoid wasting time and money.
In the Beginning
A Notice of Commencement pinpoints the beginning of a project. After the Notice of Commencement is filed, all dates and deadlines follow. The Notice of Commencement sets the precedence and gets the ball rolling on all notices, waivers, and the rest of the project.
What Are the Significant Details?
A Notice of Commencement provides adequate notices to contractors, owners, subcontractors, and laborers so each has notification of when work is done on the job site. The Notice of Commencement also details who the owner is, how to contact the owner, who the general contractor is, and a description of the project. The Notice of Commencement can always be found in public records and posted on the job site.
Can I Start Without it Being Filed?
In order for the contractor to obtain a building permit, the contractor must provide a signed Notice of Commencement to the Building Department. If the owner fails to record a Notice of Commencement, then they can end up paying more than planned, in the event that something occurs and the property is liened.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.