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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