2015 ORS 701.625¹
Progress payments
  • notice requirements
  • nonapproval of billing or estimate
  • withholding
  • final payment

(1) If a construction contract is for construction work that is expected to take 60 or more days to complete, an owner shall make progress payments to the original contractor. By mutual agreement with an original contractor, an owner may make progress payments to the original contractor under a construction contract for which the construction work is expected to take less than 60 days to complete.

(2) The owner shall make progress payments on the basis of a certified billing or estimate for work performed, and for materials or products supplied, during the preceding monthly billing cycle or during an alternative billing cycle identified in the construction contract. If a construction contract identifies an alternative billing cycle, the construction contract must expressly state in a clear and conspicuous manner that there is an alternative billing cycle and the owner must provide on each page of drawings and specifications in the construction contract a statement substantially similar to the following:

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Notice of Alternative Billing Cycle

The construction contract will allow the owner to require the submission of billings or estimates in billing cycles other than monthly cycles. Billings or estimates for the construction contract shall be submitted as follows:

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

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(3)(a) Except as provided in this subsection, the owner shall:

(A) Make progress payments no later than 14 days after the date the billing is received; and

(B) Make final payment of all remaining amounts no later than seven days after the date that the owner approves the work.

(b) An owner may make progress payments or final payment later than the time allowed under paragraph (a) of this subsection if:

(A) The owner provides drawings and specifications that expressly state in a clear and conspicuous manner that an extended payment period is allowed and identify the extended payment period as a specific number of days after the date that the billing or estimate is received or the date that the owner approves all work; and

(B) The owner provides on each page of drawings and specifications a statement substantially similar to the following:

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Notice of Extended Payment Provision

The construction contract will allow the owner to make:

(1) Progress payments no later than _____ days after the date a billing or estimate is received.

(2) Final payment of all remaining amounts no later than _____ days after the date the owner approves all work.

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(4) Payment is not required under this section unless the owner receives from the original contractor a billing or estimate for the work performed or the materials or products supplied in accordance with the terms of the construction contract.

(5) The owner is deemed to have received the billing or estimate when the billing or estimate is received by any person designated by the owner for the receipt, review or approval of the billing or estimate. A billing or estimate is deemed to be certified 10 days after the owner receives the billing or estimate, unless before that time the owner or the owner’s agent prepares and issues a written statement detailing those items in the billing or estimate that are not approved. An owner may decline to approve a billing or estimate or portion of a billing or estimate because of:

(a) Unsatisfactory work progress;

(b) Defective construction work, materials or products not remedied;

(c) Disputed work, materials or products, except that the declined amount may not exceed 150 percent of the amount in dispute;

(d) Failure to comply with other material provisions of the construction contract;

(e) A third party claim being filed or reasonable evidence that a third party claim will be filed;

(f) Failure of the original contractor or a subcontractor to make timely payments to subcontractors and material suppliers for labor, equipment, materials and products;

(g) Damage to the owner;

(h) Reasonable evidence that the construction contract cannot be completed for the unpaid balance of the construction contract sum; or

(i) Other items as allowed under the construction contract terms and conditions.

(6) An owner may extend the period within which the billing or estimate may be certified if:

(a) The owner provides drawings and specifications that expressly allow in a clear and conspicuous manner an extended period within which a billing or estimate may be certified; and

(b) The owner provides for each page of drawings and specifications, including bid drawings and specifications and construction drawings and specifications, a statement substantially similar to the following statement:

______________________________________________________________________________

Notice of

Extended Certification Period Provision

The construction contract will allow the owner to certify billings and estimates no later than _____ days after the billings and estimates are received from the original contractor.

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(7) Any requirement under this section that a statement be provided on a page of drawings or specifications may be satisfied by placing the required statement on either side of the page.

(8) After a subcontractor or material supplier submits a bid or proposal or other written pricing information to an original contractor, an owner and the original contractor may agree in writing to change the specified number of days after certification during which the owner may make payment to the original contractor or within which the owner must certify a billing or estimate. The billings by any subcontractor or material supplier that does not provide written consent to the change remain subject to the certification period indicated in the drawings and specifications. A construction contract may not be changed in a manner that alters the right of any subcontractor or material supplier to receive prompt and timely progress payments as provided under ORS 701.630 (Payments to subcontractors and material suppliers).

(9) An owner may withhold from a progress payment an amount that is sufficient to pay the direct expenses the owner reasonably expects to incur to correct any items detailed in a written statement under subsection (5) of this section. The owner may also withhold a reasonable amount as retainage. As used in this subsection, "retainage" has the meaning given that term in ORS 701.410 (Definitions).

(10) When an original contractor completes and an owner approves all work under a construction contract, the owner shall make payment in full of all remaining amounts due on the construction contract as described in subsection (3) of this section. When an original contractor completes and an owner approves all work under a portion of a construction contract for which the construction contract states a separate price, the owner shall make payment in full of all remaining amounts due on that portion of the construction contract, subject to the satisfaction of any items detailed under subsection (5) of this section or ORS 701.630 (Payments to subcontractors and material suppliers) (4).

(11) If an owner or a person designated by the owner as responsible for making progress payments on a construction contract does not make a timely payment under this section, the owner shall pay the original contractor interest on the unpaid balance at the rate of one and one-half percent a month or fraction of a month, or at a higher rate as the parties to the construction contract may agree.

(12) On the written request of a subcontractor, the owner shall notify the subcontractor no later than five days after the issuance of a progress payment to the original contractor. On the written request of a subcontractor, the owner shall notify the subcontractor no later than five days after the owner makes the final payment to the original contractor on the construction contract.

(13) If the owner and original contractor are a single entity, that entity shall make progress and final payments to subcontractors and material suppliers as described in subsection (3) or (6) of this section.

(14) In any action, claim or arbitration brought to collect interest pursuant to this section, the prevailing party shall be awarded costs and reasonable attorney fees. [2003 c.675 §55; 2011 c.553 §2]

Note: See note under 701.620 (Definitions for ORS 701.620 to 701.640).

Chapter 701

Notes of Decisions

This is a remedial statute made for the protec­tion of the building business and of people dealing with builders who might be irresponsible; it should be read as a whole and liberally construed to accomplish its purpose. Robinson v. Builders Bd., 20 Or App 340, 531 P2d 752 (1975)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Lack of authority for director to appoint executive secretary for board, (1971) Vol 35, p 930; inap­pli­ca­bil­i­ty of this chapter to business of construc­tion or installa­tion of fences, sidewalks, septic tanks, wells and underground sprinkling systems, (1972) Vol 35, p 1278; mobile home as per­sonal or real prop­erty under this chapter, (1972) Vol 36, p 41; applica­tion of Homebuilders Law to mobile homes, (1978) Vol 38, p 693


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 701—Construction Contractors and Contracts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors701.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 701, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano701.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.