Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Lake County

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

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the Lake County Assessor-Recorder’s office located at:

Lake County Courthouse
255 North Forbes Street Rm. 223
Lakeport, CA 95453

Hours:
Mon – Thu 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Open during the lunch hour
Closed Fridays

Assessor’s Office Phone:
(707) 263-2302

Recorder’s Office Phone:
(707) 263-2293

Assessor-Recorder Fax:
(707) 263-3703

E-mail: Assessor@co.lake.ca.us

What is Lake County's Recording Backlog?

The Lake County Assessor-Recorder does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog. But you can give the Lake County Recorder at (707) 263-2302 for an estimate how long it would take to file and record your lien.

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

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

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

Generally, to file a mechanics lien in Lake County you should 1) Meet all California Mechanics Lien requirements including having sent a 20-day notice. 2) Meet all county document filing requirements, which include printing your lien on 8.5 x 11 inch paper using .5 inch margins, except at the top of the first page where you should use a 2.5inch margin. 3) Pay all appropriate and required filing fees for the county to record your document.

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

All documents must comply with the 8.5 inches by 11 inches standard page size. The top margin of the first page should be 2.5 inches with the other sides having .5 inch margins. All other pages should have .5 margins on all sides.

How can I make payment to the Lake County Recorder?

The Lake County recorder accepts most major forms of payment including cash, money order, check, and most credit cards.

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

The Lake County Assessor-Recorder’s regular recording fee is $14.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Non-Standard Sized Documents: $17.00 for the first page and $6.00 for each page that is not 8.5 inches by 11 inches

Indexing Fees: $1.00 for each additional group of 10 names or a portion

$1.00 for each additional reference

Copy Fees

Official Copy: $4.00 for the first page and $0.50 for each additional page
Certification Fee: $1.00

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

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person at the Lake County Assessor-Recorder’s office located at:

Lake County Courthouse
255 North Forbes Street Rm. 223
Lakeport, CA 95453

Assessor’s Office Phone:
(707) 263-2302
Recorder’s Office Phone:
(707) 263-2293
Assessor-Recorder Fax:
(707) 263-3703
E-mail: Assessor@co.lake.ca.us

Hours:
Mon – Thu 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Open during the lunch hour
Closed Fridays

The County Recorder is the official custodian for all permanent records and indexes of the county’s official records. The records are available to the public during regular business hours.

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Lake 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 Lake County, California.

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

What is the fee to file a California 20-day Preliminary Notice in Lake County?

The fee to file a California Preliminary Notice in Lake County is $15.00.

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