Updated: Apr 2, 2020
In Tennessee, the person who contracts directly with an owner on a project is called a "prime contractor." Everyone else below the prime is a "remote contractor." Whether a person has a "general contractor's license" has no bearing on whether he or she is a prime or remote contractor on any given project. One's position on a project is separate from licenses held. For purposes of filing a mechanic's or materialman's lien, and whether a Notice to Owner is required as a pre-requisite to filing the lien, one's relationship to the owner is what matters - are you the prime contractor or a remote (sub) contractor?