Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Shasta County

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

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

1450 Court St, Ste 208
Redding, CA 96001-1670

Phone: (530) 225-5671
Fax: (530) 225-5152
Toll Free: 1(800) 479-8009

What is Shasta County's Recording Backlog?

The Santa Cruz County Recorder does not publicly disclose information on their recording backlog but you can give them a call at (530) 225-5671 to see how long it may take to record your lien with the recorder.

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

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

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

Each document presented for recording must include or comply with the Shasta County Recorder’s general requirements. They are as follows:

1. The property must be located in Shasta County.
2. The document must be authorized or required by law to be recorded.
3. The document must be submitted with the proper fees and taxes.
4. The document must be in compliance with state and local laws.
5. The document should Name the person requesting recording.
6. The document should state the Name and address to whom the document should be returned. (Fill in “Recording Requested By and Mail to”)
The document must be legible enough to produce a readable photographic record.
7. Signatures must be original, unless the document is a certified copy issued by the appropriate custodian of the public record.
8. The document must be properly acknowledged, unless exempt. California requires an all-purpose acknowledgement.
9. The Assessor’s Parcel Number is required on deeds by local Ordinance.
10. The notary seal must be legible for microfilm reproduction.
11. All documents submitted for recording shall have at least 1/2 inch margin on the two vertical sides except in the space reserved for recording information.
12. All documents must comply with the standard 8.5″x11″ sheet and paper size to avoid penalty, and must not exceed 8.5″x14″. Any document including any sheet not exactly 8.5″x11″ will cost the regular recording fee PLUS an ADDITIONAL $3.00 PER PAGE.
13. The first page of a document to be recorded should have a return address space on the top left that is 2.5″ down and 3.5″ across. On the top right, allow a blank space 2.5″ down and 5″ across for the recorder’s use.
14. Recordable documents should be on white paper (16 lb. bond or heavier), black ink in one color with clear print. Be careful of dot matrix printers, fax copies, dark backgrounds, variations in colored paper/ink, print/letters that run together, illegible Notary Seals, etc. Documents are reviewed by trained examiners who rely on Federal and State Government Codes.
15. Documentary Transfer Tax is due on all taxable conveyances in excess of $100 at a rate of $.55 per $500 or fractional portion of the real property value, excluding any liens or encumbrances already of record as required. It is collected at the time of recording on each deed, or instrument. A Documentary Transfer Tax Declaration must be completed and signed for all deeds. If no D.T.T. is due, so indicate by entering “$0” on the tax line and sign the declaration. Please explain the reason why no tax is due on the document.
16. When transferring property to anyone other than a spouse, a “Preliminary Change of Ownership Report” is required. If a P.C.O.R. is required but not submitted at the time of recording, a $20 fee is levied.

Note that the Shasta County Recorder does not provide any legal forms or notarial services. Various types of forms may be purchased at office supply or stationary stores. Once you have the appropriate form, you may prepare it yourself, consult legal counsel, or contact a local title company or escrow company.

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

All documents must comply with the standard 8.5″x11″ sheet and paper size to avoid penalty, and must not exceed 8.5″x14″. Any document including any sheet not exactly 8.5″x 11″ incurs additional recording fee.

The first page of a document to be recorded should have a return address space on the top left that is 2.5″ down and 3.5″ across. On the top right, allow a blank space 2.5″ down and 5″ across for the recorder’s use.

All documents submitted for recording shall have at least 1/2 inch margin on the two vertical sides except in the space reserved for recording information.

Recordable documents should be on white paper (16 lb. bond or heavier), black ink in one color with clear print. Be careful of dot matrix printers, fax copies, dark backgrounds, variations in colored paper/ink, print/letters that run together, illegible Notary Seals, etc.

How can I make payment to the Shasta County Recorder?

The Shasta County Recorder accepts most major forms of payment including cash, money order, check, and credit card. You can pay the Shasta County Recorder in person.

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

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

Additional Recording Fees

Nonstandard size penalty: $3.00 for each page that is not 8.5″ x 11″.

Penalty print: $1.00

Indexing fee: $1.00 per group of 10 names

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

You may request a recorded copy of your lien in person at the Santa Cruz County Recorder’s Office located at:

701 Ocean St, Room 230
Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Tel: (831) 454-2800
Fax: (831) 454-3169

To get a recorded copy of your lien, you will be charged $3.50 for the first page and $1.50 for each additional page of the lien filing. Certifying the copy of lien will be $2.50 per document.

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

The fee to file a California Preliminary Notice in Shasta County is 40.00.

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