Uniform Construction Lien Act Law and Legal Definition

The Uniform Construction Lien Act was promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 1987 to foster clear title to real estate involved in construction. This act was intended to replace the mechanic's lien found in every jurisdiction.

The Act is divided into six chapters. Article 1 deal with general provisions and definitions. Article 2 deals with existence on liens, perfection, priority, effectiveness, bonds and lien waivers and a specific disclaimer excluding governmental projects. Article 3 advises the claimant and others who interested parties are and explain how to record required documents under the Act. Article 4 is on judicial proceedings for enforcement of liens and provides for remedies for wrongful conduct. Article 5 deals with the concept of trust funds relating to real estate improvements and Article 6 deals with the effective date and repealer.

The Uniform Construction Lien Act was based almost entirely on article 5 of the Uniform Simplification of Land Transfers Act. This act is now regarded by the NCCUSL as a model act, instead of a uniform act, and so it may be known as the Model Construction Lien Act.