Guide to filing a mechanics lien in La Paz County

Before you gear up to file a mechanics lien with the La Paz County Recorder, take a look at Arizona’s lien laws to make sure you meet the prerequisites to file. Arizona’s lien laws can be restrictive, and there are certain requirements that you must adhere to in order to file a lien. Here are a few key points:

  1. In order to protect your lien rights, you should send a preliminary notice. La Paz County contractors need to send a Preliminary “20 day” Notice to the owner to preserve their right to lien.
  2. Unlicensed contractors may not have the right to file a mechanics lien in Arizona. That is, if you’re required to have a license but you don’t, you can’t file a lien.
  3. Contractors may only file a mechanics lien if they’re directly contracted with the owner. This rule excludes suppliers.

After ensuring you have the right to lien in Arizona, it’s time to prepare and file your claim. The next best step you can take is to become familiar with your local recorder’s office. This page helps you orient yourself with the La Paz County Recorder. It includes information regarding La Paz County’s recording requirements, formatting requirements, filing and copy fees, contact information, and information regarding eRecording.

Where is the La Paz Recorder's Office that files mechanics liens?

You can record your mechanics lien in person at the La Paz County Recorder’s Office located at:

1112 Joshua Avenue #201
Parker, AZ 85344
Phone: 928-669-6136 or 888-526-8685
Fax: 928-669-5638

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 7am-6pm

What is La Paz County's recording backlog?

The La Paz County Recorder’s Offie does not publicly disclose recording backlog information.

Should my mechanics lien be filed in La Paz County, or in some other county?

If the project is located in La Paz County, then you need to file your mechanics lien in La Paz County.

What are La Paz County's requirements for recording a mechanics lien?

The La Paz County Recorder follows the recording requirements outlined by the State of Arizona:

  1. Include a title or brief caption that describes the nature of the document.
  2. Documents must be originals or certified copies of originals.
  3. Signatures must be originals or carbon copies of originals.
  4. Documents may me no larger than 8.5 x 14 and type may be no smaller than 10 point.
  5. The first page must have a 2 inch margin a the top and a .5 inch margin on all other sides. All pages following the first page must have a margin of .5 inches on all sides.
  6. Any document which modifies a previously recorded document must state the recording date, and docket and page or sequence number of the document being modified.

Here’s the information that must be included in your Arizona mechanics lien:

  1. The property’s legal description.
  2. Your name and address, as well as the names and addresses of the property owner and the party that hired you. If an attorney is representing your interest, include their name and address as well.
  3. Include the lien amount. Make sure to only factor the value of labor and materials. furnished for the project.
  4. Since you’re required to have a direct contract with the property owner, include a statement of that contract’s terms.
  5. You need to include the date of the project’s completion.
  6. Since you’re required to submit a preliminary notice in Arizona, include a copy of that notice and proof of it’s delivery.
  7. Lastly, make sure your lien claim is signed and notorized.

What are the margin & page size requirements for La Paz County?

All documents submitted to the La Paz County Recorder for recording must meet the following formatting standards:

  1. The first page of your lien claim must include a 2 inch margin at the top and a .5 inch margin on the sides and bottom.
  2. The rest of the pages must have a margin of .5 inches on all sides.
  3. Pages can be no larger than 8.5 x 14.
  4. The font size may be no smaller than 10 point.

How can I make a payment to the La Paz County Recorder?

The La Paz Recorder accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit/debit (extra fees may apply)
  • Money orders

What are the filing fees to record a mechanics lien in La Paz County?

The La Paz County Recorder’s Office fee schedule is as follows:

Recording

It costs $30 to record any document.

Copies

Copies cost $1 per page, and certification of documents costs $3 in addition to the regular copy fee.

The La Paz County Recorder's Office fee schedule is as follows:

Recording

It costs $30 to record any document.

Copies

Copies cost $1 per page, and certification of documents costs $3 in addition to the regular copy fee.

You can get a recorded copy of your mechanics lien in La Paz County by:

Going into the recorder’s office in person at:

1112 Joshua Avenue, #201
Parker, AZ 85344
Phone: 928-669-6136 or 888-526-8685
Fax: 928-669-5638

Searching La Paz County’s Public Records online at:

https://www.thecountyrecorder.com/Introduction.aspx?CountyKey=3&jsEnabled=1.

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from the La Paz County Recorder?

To obtain the property’s legal description in La Paz County, you have the same two options. You can either visit the recorder’s office in person or perform an online search at the following address:

https://www.thecountyrecorder.com/Introduction.aspx?CountyKey=3&jsEnabled=1.

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in La Paz County?

Determining whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in La Paz County depends on your situation. Generally speaking, every state gives those who have furnished labor and/or materials to a construction project the right to file a mechanics lien if unpaid for the furnishing. The same is true in Arizona. However, there are some state-specific limitations as to who is qualified to file a mechanics lien that is important when considering whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in La Paz County, AZ.

You can read more about lien rights and if you have the right to file a lien on our Arizona Mechanics Lien Resources page.

What is the deadline to file a mechanics lien in La Paz County?

Once a Notice of Completion or Cessation has been filed by the property owner, contractors have 60 days to record a mechanics lien. Additionally, contractors have 120 days to file after the completion of the work of improvement.

In La Paz County, the time to file a mechanics lien is triggered by the completion of improvements, not the last furnishing of labor and/or materials for a project.

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