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Pennsylvania - Chester County Notice of Commencement Form

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Chester County Notice of Commencement Form Page 1

Notice of Commencement Form - Chester County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 9/25/2020


Chester County Notice of Commencement Guide Page 1

Notice of Commencement Guide - Chester County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 10/9/2020


Chester County Completed Example of the Notice of Commencement Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Notice of Commencement Document - Chester County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 10/8/2020


*The Following Pennsylvania and Chester County supplemental forms are included as a courtesy with your order.


Realty Transfer Tax

Realty Transfer Tax

Complete each section and file in duplicate with Recorder of Deeds when: (1) the full value/consideration is not set forth in the deed, (2) the deed is without consideration or by gift, or (3) a tax exemption is claimed. Note: This is a statewide form required in every county where applicable.


Transfer Tax

Transfer Tax

These pages offer information on transfer tax in Pennsylvania. They also list transfer tax exemptions to determine whether the deed in question is exempt.


Valuation Factors

Valuation Factors

If transfer tax is due, this will show how much is owed by county. The short list contains current rates for all counties, the long list traces the development of rates over time for each county.


Homestead/Farmland Exemptions

Homestead/Farmland Exemptions

For properties considered the primary residence of the taxpayer, a homestead exemption may exist. The Chester County Homestead Exemption can reduce the appraised valuation of a primary residence before calculating the property tax owed, resulting in a lower annual property tax rate for owner-occupied homes.


Notary Certificates

Notary Certificates

The supplemental forms in this section can be used as loose certificates by Pennsylvania notaries.


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Areas covered by these Notice of Commencement Forms:

  • Chester County

Including:

  • Atglen
  • Avondale
  • Berwyn
  • Birchrunville
  • Brandamore
  • Chatham
  • Chester Springs
  • Coatesville
  • Cochranville
  • Devault
  • Devon
  • Downingtown
  • Elverson
  • Exton
  • Glenmoore
  • Honey Brook
  • Immaculata
  • Kelton
  • Kemblesville
  • Kennett Square
  • Kimberton
  • Landenberg
  • Lewisville
  • Lincoln University
  • Lionville
  • Lyndell
  • Malvern
  • Mendenhall
  • Modena
  • New London
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • Paoli
  • Parker Ford
  • Parkesburg
  • Phoenixville
  • Pocopson
  • Pomeroy
  • Pottstown
  • Sadsburyville
  • Saint Peters
  • Southeastern
  • Spring City
  • Suplee
  • Thorndale
  • Toughkenamon
  • Unionville
  • Uwchland
  • Valley Forge
  • Wagontown
  • West Chester
  • West Grove
  • Westtown

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What is the Pennsylvania Notice of Commencement?

As a Pennsylvania property owner, should I file a Notice of Commencement?

Mechanic's Liens are governed by Title 49 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

In Pennsylvania, an owner may file an OPTIONAL Notice of Commencement with the Directory of General Services (DGS) registry. The purpose of filing the Notice of Commencement is to provide all the relevant information necessary for a subcontractor or supplier to file a Notice of Furnishing. 501.3.

Prior to the commencement of labor or the furnishing of materials for a searchable project that may give rise to a mechanics' lien under the mechanic's lien code, the searchable project owner or agent of the searchable project owner may file a Notice of Commencement with the directory. 501.3(a)(1). The contractor can also act as the owner's agent and file the Notice of Commencement if the contract provides. 501.3(a)(2).

Filing a Notice of Commencement triggers the requirement for a subcontractor or supplier on the job to serve you with a Notice of Furnishing within 45 days. 501.3(b)(1).

Section 501.3(a)(3) states that the Notice of Commencement must include the following information:
1) Name, street address, and e-mail address of the general contractor.
2) Name and location of the project.
3) County in which the project is located.
4) Legal description of the property, including all its tax-parcel identifying numbers.
5) Name, address, and e-mail address of the owner of the property and (if different) of the project.
6) If applicable, the name, address, and e-mail address of a surety for performance and payment bonds.

Upon receipt of a Notice of Commencement, the Directory will assign a unique identifying notice to it. 501.1(e)(1). Additionally, the Notice must be posted at the worksite and the owner must take reasonable steps during construction to ensure the notice remains posted and available for view. 501.3(a)(4). The project owner and contractor must also make reasonable efforts to ensure that a copy of the Notice of Commencement is included in all contract documents that are provided to subcontractors who awarded work on the project. 501.3(a)(5).

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you have any questions about filing a Notice of Commencement or any other issue with Pennsylvania mechanic's liens, contact an attorney familiar with construction or lien law.

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