Guide to filing construction documents in Houston County, Alabama

Contractors and suppliers working on a project within Houston County should get familiar with the Houston County Probate Office. This is the office that records documents related to the property, including mechanics liens and notices.

This page contains all of the information construction businesses need to file liens and other documents with the Houston County Probate Office, including locations, hours, fees, form downloads, and more..

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The mechanics lien rules in Alabama can be complex. Before recording a lien in Houston County, read Filing a Lien in Alabama: A Step-by-Step Guide to make sure you understand the process, and common mistakes.

Download Houston County Probate Office Forms:

Lien FAQs for Houston County

What types of documents can I file at the Houston County Probate Office?

This office records a variety of property-related documents, including:
Mechanics lien
Lien release
UCC lien

Which office records mechanics liens in Houston County, Alabama?

Filing in person

You can file your Probate Office in person at the Houston County Probate Office, Recording Department, located at:
Second Floor, 462 North Oates Street
Dothan, Alabama, AL, 36303

Hours of operation:
Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm

If you need more information, you can call them at (334) 677-4748.

E-Filing

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Who can file a lien in Houston County?

If you provided labor or materials on a construction project located in Houston County, Alabama, then your mechanics lien should be filed here. However, every state has specific rules about who has the right to file a lien, including notice requirements and specific deadlines. To make sure you are allowed to file a lien, visit the Alabama Mechanics Lien Guide & FAQ page.

What is the deadline to file a lien claim in Houston County, Alabama?

In Alabama, your deadline to file a mechanics lien is dependent upon your role in the project. In general:
General contractors have 6 months to file a lien after the last day of furnishing labor or materials. Subcontractors and suppliers have 120 days to file after last day of furnishing labor or materials.

What are the Houston County Probate Office fees to file a lien?

Here are the costs to file a mechanics lien in Houston County, Alabama:
Filing fee: $13.00 Additional pages: $3.00 each

Recording offices do update their fee structure periodically. We recommend contacting the Houston County Probate Office to verify the recording costs, especially before mailing a document.

Visit the Houston County Probate Office fees page for the latest information.

What forms of payment are accepted at the Houston County Probate Office?

Houston County Probate Office accepts the following forms of payment:

Cash, certified check, cashier's check, 'bank' check, bank 'official' check or money order.

If paying by check, make it payable to Judge of Probate.

How do I release a lien in Houston County once I’ve been paid?

To cancel a lien previously recorded with the Houston County Probate Office, you will need to record a lien release.
Lien release fee:
Recording fee: $13.00 Additional pages: $3.00 each.

How do I get copies of documents from the Houston County Probate Office?

In Houston County, filed documents are public record. Copies of mechanics liens and other property documents are available upon request from the Houston County Probate Office.

In person

Second Floor, 462 North Oates Street Dothan, 36303

Fees

Certified copy: $3.00 per instrument, plus $1.00 per page

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