Michigan
Request for Notice of Commencement-All Works

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Description: Request for Copy of Notice of Commencement.

Scope: State of Michigan,  All Works

Time Constraints: In Michigan an owner is required to file a Notice of Commencement, containing all information necessary for preparing notices and filing liens, with the County Register of Deeds where the project is located.  Upon demand, the Owner or Contractor is required to provide a party to the job with a copy of the Notice of Commencement.  Specifically, they are required on Private Work Jobs, but it is common practice to supply them for Public Work Jobs, too.

If you use this form on a Private Works Job and the Notice of Commencement is not supplied your 20 day requirement to send a Notice of Furnishing does not begin until you receive the copy of the Notice of Commencement.  This doe not apply to Public Jobs, so mind your time line on those jobs.

Information Requirements: The information required by program and whether you intend to send an owner cover letter or file a Notice of Commencement with the Register of Deeds (County Recorder's) Office.

Procedures: Send request by certified mail to Owner and General Contractor.  Make sure your certified returns come back as they are your only defense.  When in doubt, send your Notice of Furnishings immediately to protect your lien rights.

When in doubt, file your lien claim immediately.

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