2012 California Construction Law Update

12/22/2011 Articles

Published on ENRCalifornia

With the New Year comes a host of changes to laws impacting the construction industry in California. Addressed below are some of the most important new laws to be aware of. Unless otherwise noted, all of these laws take effect on Jan. 1, 2012:

Changes to Mechanics Lien Laws

SB 189 (Passed in 2010) & SB 190 (Passed in 2011). SB 189 and SB 190 were passed as part of an effort to modernize and simplify California’s mechanics lien laws spearheaded by the California Law Revision Commission. The majority of the changes brought by SB 189 and 190 are minor and are intended to be non-substantive, but a few key changes warrant discussion. These changes take effect on July 1, 2012. 

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