Construction Lien Law in Washington: Liens on City/County/State Projects in Washington State

Public property, whether federal or state, is not subject to any lien. The rationale for this rule was stated by Washington's Supreme Court in Haselwood v. Bremerton Ice Arena, Inc.,137 Wn.App. 872, 884-85, 155 P.3d 952 (2007):

This rule lies in equity because the legislature has provided other forms of
protection for individuals who contract with government entities, including
the bond and retainage requirements for public works projects set forth in chapter 60.28 RCW. Contractors are sufficiently protected without carving out an exception to the rule that public property is immune to liens.

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Pre-claim Notices
Claims Against the Prime Contractor's Payment Bond
Claims Against the Prime Contractor's Retainage


David E. Linville

David E. Linville

Linville Law Firm PLLC

  • Member of Linville Law Firm PLLC in Seattle
  • Focuses on construction law representing all of the various players in the construction field
  • Liens are a daily part of his practice, whether it is filing liens for clients, foreclosing on liens through lawsuits or defending against lien claims
  • Regularly presents seminars on lien laws and construction contracts in Washington
  • Certified as an approved instructor by the director of the Washington Department of Licensing
  • J.D. degree, University of Washington; B.A. degree in economics
  • Can be contacted at 206-515-0640 or [email protected]

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