Your construction lien rights exist to act as leverage when it comes to you making sure you are paid for the work you do. Neglecting them is the same as neglecting your business. Don’t short yourself; learn your state’s laws for filing liens to better guarantee your compensation. We’re here to take away the complexity and confusion and give it to you straight. If you work in Wyoming and need to know the lien laws, this is the place for you. Here, we break down exactly what the state of Wyoming requires for you to file a valid lien and bond claim properly.
How to File a Valid Lien in Wyoming:
- You must send notice to the Owner within thirty (30) days of first work and/or materials supplied.
- You must send an intent to lien to the Owner twenty (20) days before you file the lien.
- Place 1* Contractors must file their liens within one hundred and fifty (150) days of last work and/or materials supplied.
- Place 2* and below Contractors and Material Suppliers must file their liens within one hundred and twenty (120) days of last work and/or materials supplied.
- You must send notice of the lien that is filed to the Owner within thirty (30) days of the lien being filed.
- You must file suit to enforce your lien within one hundred and eighty (180) days of it being filed.
How to Have a Valid Bond Claim in Wyoming:
- Bonds are required on public projects of more than $150,000.
- Place 3* and above Contractors and Material Suppliers have bond claim rights.
- Place 2* and below Contractors and Material Suppliers must send notice to the Place 1* Contractor within sixty (60) days of first work and/or materials supplied.
- You must file suit on your bond claim within one (1) year of completion of the project, but you must give the Surety notice of your claim thirty (30) days before filing suit.
If you work in Wyoming, do your part to ensure you collect what you are owed. Pay attention to your state’s lien laws, and see it pay off in your business moving forward. If you’d like to get master Wyoming’s Lien Laws, consider tuning in to this episode of The Quit Getting Screwed Construction Podcast. If you would rather have someone else to take care of filing your construction liens or bonds, and do it the right way, contact an experienced Wyoming lien lawyer who knows construction law. Our sister company, The Cromeens Law Firm, has a 90% success rate of collections before having to foreclose on a lien, saving you costly legal fees. Protect your right to be paid! File a valid lien in a timely manner by following this list.
*The “places” referenced in the rules above correlate to the Construction Food Chain Chart from Karalynn Cromeens' book,
Quit Getting Stiffed. The chart can be found here to use when following these lien and bond rules.