713.13 Notice of commencement.—
Except for an improvement that is exempt pursuant to s. 713.02(5), an owner or the owner’s authorized agent before actually commencing to improve any real property, or recommencing completion of any improvement after default or abandonment, whether or not a project has a payment bond complying with s. 713.23, shall record a notice of commencement in the clerk’s office and forthwith post either a certified copy thereof or a notarized statement that the notice of commencement has been filed for recording along with a copy thereof.
A Notice of Commencement is typically required by a permitting authority before a permit will be issued. It s recorded in the county where the property is located, within 90 days of commencing work and is posted at the job site. This document includes the name and address of the owner, general contractor, lender, bonding company and any other parties involved. It should also contain the job address, legal description and a description of the work to be completed. A Notice of Commencement is valid for one year unless extended or decreased by a date stated on the form.
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