Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Alpine County

Where is the Alpine County Recorder's Office that files mechanic liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person or by mail.

In Person

You may bring your documents for recording to the Alpine County Recorder’s Office located at:

PO Box 155
Markleeville, CA 96120
Phone:
530-694-2283
Fax:
530-694-2491

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Recording Hours
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Excluding Holidays

You may also mail in your documents for recording with a check, cashiers check, or money order made payable to:

Alpine County Recorder
PO Box 155
Markleeville, CA 96120

What is Alpine County's Recording Backlog?

The Alpine County Recorder’s Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog. However, note that your request is processed upon receipt, but you can expect to receive your original recorded document back in the mail up to 30 working days.

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

If the property is located in Alpine County, then yes, you will want to record your lien with the Alpine County Clerk-Recorder’s office.

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

All documents submitted for recording must comply with certain basic requirements. The Alpine County Recorder’s Office general requirements are as follows:

1. The property must be located in Alpine County
2. The document must be authorized or required by law to be recorded (GC 29201)
3. The document must be submitted with the proper fees and taxes (GC 6103, 27201, 27261)
4. The document must be in compliance with state and local laws
5. The document should name the person requesting the recording (GC 27361.6)
6. The document should state the name and address of whom the document should be returned. Fill in “recording requested by and mail to” (GC 27361.6)
7. The entire document, including the notary seal, must be legible enough to produce a readable photographic record (GC 27201, 27361.6, 27361.7, and 8207)
8. Signatures must be original unless the document is a certified copy issued by the appropriate custodian of the public record (GC 27201b)
9. The document must be properly acknowledged, unless exempt (California requires an all-purpose acknowledgment) (GC 27201, 27289, 27285, 27287, 27288)
10. The Assessor’s parcel number is required on all conveyances by local ordinance (R&T code 11911.1)
11. The document meets the criteria in Government Code 27361.6

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

All documents must comply with the 8 1/2 x 11 standard page size and not to exceed 8 1/2 x 14.

How can I make payment to the Alpine County Recorder?

All applicable fees must be paid at the time of recording.

You may also mail in your documents for recording with a check, cashiers check, or money order made payable to:

Alpine County Recorder
PO Box 155
Markleeville, CA 96120

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

The Alpine County Recorder’s Office recording fee is $12.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page or fraction thereof.

Additional Recording Fees

Page size other than 8 1/2 x 11: $3.00 per page

Indexing fees: $1.0 for each reference after first requiring additional indexing

$1.00 for indexing additional name after 10 names or fraction thereof

Release of lien, judgment encumbrance or notice by state or local government if original lien recorded without fee: $10.00

Copy Fees

Official Copy: $1.00 for the first page and $0.50 for each additional page

Certification to any document except when included in basic fee (plus copy fee): $1.75

Conformed Copy: Free if a self addressed stamped envelope and photo copy of the original document is included with the original for recording

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from Alpine County's Recorders Office?

To obtain a recorded copy of your lien, you can visit the Alpine County Recorder’s Office located at:

PO Box 155
Markleeville, CA 96120
Phone:
530-694-2283
Fax:
530-694-2491

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Recording Hours
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Excluding Holidays

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Alpine County, CA?

Determining whether you do or do not have a mechanics lien right can be tricky. 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 California. 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 Alpine County, California.

Great and detailed information about this is available on our California Mechanics Lien Resources Page.

What is the fee to file a CA Preliminary Notice in Alpine County?

The filing fee for a 20-Day Preliminary Notice in Alpine County is $20.

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