Dauphin County Subcontractor Preliminary Notice Form (Pennsylvania)

All Dauphin County specific forms and documents listed below are included in your immediate download package:

Subcontractor Preliminary Notice Form

Dauphin County Subcontractor Preliminary Notice Form

Fill in the blank Subcontractor Preliminary Notice form formatted to comply with all Pennsylvania recording and content requirements.
Included Dauphin County compliant document last validated/updated 4/25/2024

Preliminary Notice Guide

Dauphin County Preliminary Notice Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Dauphin County compliant document last validated/updated 5/9/2024

Completed Example of the Preliminary Notice Document

Dauphin County Completed Example of the Preliminary Notice Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included Dauphin County compliant document last validated/updated 3/25/2024

When using these Subcontractor Preliminary Notice forms, the subject real estate must be physically located in Dauphin County. The executed documents should then be recorded in one of the following offices:

Recorder of Deeds - County Courthouse

101 Market St, Rm 102, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

Hours: 8:00 to 4:30 M-F

Phone: (717) 780-6560

Local jurisdictions located in Dauphin County include:

  • Berrysburg
  • Dauphin
  • Elizabethville
  • Grantville
  • Gratz
  • Halifax
  • Harrisburg
  • Hershey
  • Highspire
  • Hummelstown
  • Lykens
  • Middletown
  • Millersburg
  • Pillow
  • Wiconisco
  • Williamstown

How long does it take to get my forms?

Forms are available immediately after submitting payment.

How do I get my forms, are they emailed?

Forms are NOT emailed to you. Immediately after you submit payment, the Dauphin County forms you order will be available for download directly from your account. You can then download the forms to your computer. If you do not already have an account, one will be created for you as part of the order process, and your login details will be sent to you. If you encounter any issues accessing your forms, please reach out to our support team for assistance.

What does "validated/updated" mean?

This indicates the most recent date when at least one of the following occurred:

  • Updated: The document was updated or changed to remain compliant.
  • Validated: The document was examined by an attorney or staff, or it was successfully recorded in Dauphin County using our eRecording service.
Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Dauphin County?

Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Dauphin County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.

Can the Subcontractor Preliminary Notice forms be re-used?

Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in Dauphin County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Dauphin County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Pennsylvania or Dauphin County. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.

What type of files are the forms?

All of our Dauphin County Subcontractor Preliminary Notice forms are PDFs. You will need to have or get Adobe Reader to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I need any special software to use these forms?

You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I have to enter all of my property information online?

No. The blank forms are downloaded to your computer and you fill them out there, at your convenience.

Can I save the completed form, email it to someone?

Yes, you can save your deed form at any point with your information in it. The forms can also be emailed, blank or complete, as attachments.

Are there any recurring fees involved?

No. Nothing to cancel, no memberships, no recurring fees.

Pennsylvania Preliminary Notice Requirements for Subcontractors

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

Preliminary notice by subcontractors is a required step to obtaining any lien. Notice also provides the owner with information regarding who is working on the property and to what extent they may claim a lien.

As with most other states, the mechanic's lien law in Pennsylvania requires subcontractors to serve preliminary notice on the property owner or general contractor unless the parties are under a direct contract. According to Section 501, no claim by a subcontractor, whether for erection or construction or for alterations or repairs, shall be valid unless, at least thirty (30) days before the filing, he shall have given to the owner a formal written notice of his intention to file a claim. 49 P.S. 501(c). The formal notice must state: (1) the name of the party claimant; (2) the name of the person with whom he contracted; (3) the amount claimed to be due; (4) the general nature and character of the labor or materials furnished; (5) the date of completion of the work for which his claim is made; (6) a brief description sufficient to identify the property claimed to be subject to the lien. Id.

The notice does not have to be verified or notarized, but the claimant or an authorized representative must sign it. There is no requirement to record the Notice either. It's advisable, however, to keep a copy, and deliver the original notice via USPS certified mail with delivery confirmation, to verify with the court or anyone else that notice was provided.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Contact an attorney with questions about the Subcontractor's Preliminary Notice, or any other issues related to mechanic's liens in Pennsylvania.

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