After my last post, I received a call from Doug Jeremiah, who is the Chair of the Design Professionals Liason Committee (of which I am a member). According to Doug, the concerns I expressed for designers have been, if not eliminated, then significantly reduced by the current version of the draft lien law bill.
Designers, like any other party on the construction contract, can now file their own, separate Notice of Commencement, which would then (in all likelihood) pre-date other Notices of Commencement on the Project. To file a Notice of Commencement under the proposed bill, the Designer first must ask the Owner to file a Notice of Commencement. If the Owner does not do so, the Designer is free to file his own Notice of Commencement (See section 44A-9.1 (3)(c)). This is the same procedure used by Contractors to file a Notice of Commencement.
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