Using A Single Preliminary Notice for Multiple Locations

One contract, multiple locations, one Preliminary Notice or several


Question: I am just curious, we are about to do a project for a company, with the same owner, lender, etc. the only difference is there are multiple "locations". Can we use 1 preliminary notice for the total value as long as we include each of the locations we will be performing work?

Please Advise, Thanks Diana



Answer: One preliminary notice should be served for each separate written contract. If there is only one contract covering multiple properties, in most instances one preliminary notice will be adequate to cover all of the properties being improved.


While one preliminary notice may be adequate legally, some owners or general contractors may dispute this and refuse to acknowledge the validity of a lien or a stop notice on this basis, which may lead to a fight that would have been avoided if multiple preliminary notices were served.

Purchase your California 20-Day Preliminary Notice Form from us and get unlimited usage (along with instant download, unlimited free replacement and unlimited free support).

No matter how many times you need to use the form, you'll never have to pay for it again!


Thank you to Dave Barnier for the above response. :) Mr. Barnier is a practicing litigation attorney in San Diego CA and can be reached at 619.682.4842.

The information in this article is based upon California law and is provided for general information, only. The information provided illustrates laws and legal principals in general. Any information or analysis presented in this article is intended solely to educate the reader on general issues. A comprehensive review of facts, documents, and applicable laws is always required before any attorney can competently provide any legal advice regarding any particular situation. In short: Please do not rely on any part of this article when analyzing any specific situation affecting you or your business.