Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Yavapai County

In order to file a mechanics lien with the Yavapai County Recorder, you need to review Arizona’s lien laws. Although there are plenty of specific rules and regulations you should consider, here are three of the most important.

  1. You can’t file a mechanics lien without submitting a preliminary notice in Arizona. In order to retain your lien rights, you have to submit a Preliminary “20 day” Notice if you furnished labor and materials for a project.
  2.  Only licensed contractors have lien rights in Arizona. Although you should be licensed no matter which state you’re in, Arizona is one of the states that only grants lien rights to licensed contractors. If you’re unlicensed, you can’t file!
  3.  Only parties that are contracted with the property owner may file mechanics liens. If your party doesn’t have a written contract with the owner, you may not file a mechanics lien. This includes suppliers as well.

This page includes useful information about where to file a mechanics lien in Yavapai County, as well as the Yavapai County Recorder’s filing requirements, fees, filing methods, and other relevant information.

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

There are 2 offices under the Yavapai County Administrative Services that record mechanics liens:

Prescott Office
1015 Fair Street (2nd floor)
Prescott, AZ 86305
Phone: (928) 771-3244
Fax: (928) 771-3258

Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Cottonwood Office
10 South 6th Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Phone: (928) 639-5807
Fax: (928) 639-5812

Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed for the lunch hour from 1:00 PM to 2:00PM

What is Yavapai County's Recording Backlog?

The Yavapai County Recorder’s Office does not publicly disclose information regarding recording backlogs.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Yavapai County?

If the project is located in Yavapai county, then yes, you will want to record your lien with the Yavapai County, Florida Recorder’s office.

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

All documents submitted for recording, including mechanics liens, in Yavapai County must meet these recording requirements:

1. Each document must have a caption that indicates the nature of the document., e.g. “Mechanics Lien.”

2. Documents submitted for recording must be originals or certified copies of originals.

3. Documents must contain original signatures.

4. Documents may not be larger than 8.5 x 14.

5. Type may be no smaller than 10 point.

6. The first page of each document must have a 2 inch margin at the top and a half-inch (.5) margin on all other sides.

7. Each page following the first page must have a half-inch (.5) margin on all sides.

You should also include all the necessary information in your lien claim:

1. The legal description of the property. This can be found at the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office.

2. Your name and address, along with the names and addresses of the hiring party, the property owner, and your attorney (if applicable).

3. The lien amount. Be careful to get this number right, and include only the amount due for the labor and materials furnished.

4. Provide a statement of the contract terms. If there is no contract, a description of terms, time of performance, and conditions of the agreement will work just fine.

5. Include the date of completion of the project.

6. Provide the date that the preliminary notice was sent. In Arizona, contractors are required to send a 20-day preliminary notice in order to secure their right to file a mechanics lien. Along with the statement for the preliminary notice, you’re also required to attach a return receipt or a proof of mailing to the owner.

7. Get your lien claim signed and notarized.

What are the margin & page size requirements to file a lien in Yavapai County?

In Yavapai County, the margin and page size requirements follow Arizona State legislation. They are:

Pages may be no larger than 8.5 x 14.

Type may be no smaller than 10 pt.

Documents must be typed in eligible, black ink.

There must be a margin of 2 inches at the top of the first page, and a half-inch (.5) margin should be on the sides and bottom.

Each subsequent page must have a .5 inch margin on all sides.

How can I make payment to the Yavapai County Recorder's Office?

The Yavapai County Recorder’s Office accepts the following forms of payment:

-Cash
-Check
-Credit/debit card

Note that a service fee of $2 is applied to all credit card payments.

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

The Yavapai County Recorder’s Office recording and copy fees are as follows:

Recording

Yavapai County charges a flat fee of $30 to record a document, including mechanics liens.

Copies

Copies cost $1 per page. Certification for each document costs $3.

There’s a $2 service fee for all credit card payments.

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from the Yavapai County Recorder's Office?

In Yavapai County, there are 3 ways you can get a recorded copy of your mechanics lien:

You can get a recorded copy of your lien in person by going to one of their two offices:

Prescott Office
1015 Fair Street (2nd floor)
Prescott, AZ 86305
Phone: (928) 771-3244
Fax: (928) 771-3258

Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Cottonwood Office
10 South 6th Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Phone: (928) 639-5807
Fax: (928) 639-5812

Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed for the lunch hour from 1:00 PM to 2:00PM

You can also send in a request by mail to the above 2 offices.

Lastly, you can search Yavapai County’s Official Records at this address:

https://www.yavapai.us/recorder/search-recorded-documents

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Yavapai, Arizona ?

Most states outline lien rights for contractors who furnished labor and materials for a project but were left unpaid after the project’s completion. However, each state has its own distinct regulations surrounding lien rights, and that’s no different in Yavapai County, Arizona.

To find out whether or not you have the right to file a lien in Yavapai County, visit our Arizona Mechanics Lien Resources Page.

What is the deadline to file a mechanics lien in Yavapai 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 Arizona, and in Yavapai 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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