Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Solano County

If you’re facing slow payment in Solano County, filing a mechanics lien with the Solano County Recorder is one of the best ways to get things moving again. However, time is of the essence, and mistakes on your lien claim could prolong payment even more. That’s why it’s important to learn the ins-and-outs of California’s lien laws and the laws of the county in which you’re filing. Here are two of the main limitations in California’s lien law:

  • If the work you’re doing requires you to be licensed, but you aren’t, you don’t have the right to file a lien.
  • Virtually every party on a project is required to send a California Preliminary Notice in order to protect their lien rights.

This page provides you with useful information about the Solano County Recorder, including Solano’s recoding requirements, page size and margin requirements, recording fees, contact information, and more.

For a complete description of the lien filing process and California’s lien laws, check out our step-by-step guide to filing a California mechanics lien.

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

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

In Person

You may present your document for recording at the Solano County Recorder’s office located at:

675 Texas Street, Suite 2700
Fairfield Ca 94533-6338
Phone: (707) 784-6290
E-mail: Recorder@solanocounty.com

Office Hours

M-F 8am-4pm

Recording Hours M-F 8am-4pm

Same Day Recording M-F 8am-3:30pm

Records Requests M-F 8am-4pm

You can also mail your document to:

Solano County Assessor/Recorder
675 Texas Street, Ste. 2700
Fairfield CA 94533

What is Solano County's Recording Backlog?

The Solano County Recorder does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog. However, note that recording priority is given first to documents received over the counter, secondly to express and overnight mail, and thirdly to documents sent USPS.

 

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

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

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

The Solano County Recorder Division records only those documents permitted by state law. Recording priority is given first to documents received over the counter, secondly to express and overnight mail, and thirdly to documents sent USPS. A document deposited with the Recorder must meet recording requirements and the proper fees must be included to ensure recordation. All applicable fees must be paid at time of recording.

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

All documents must comply with the 8 1/2″ x 11″ standard page size. All documents other than standard size of 8 1/2″ x 11″ incur additional recording fees.

Each document submitted for recordation shall have at least a 1/2″ margin on each vertical side. The top 2.5″ of the first page (right side) is reserved for the Recorder?s recording label and the left side is used to show the requestor’s name and the name and address to which the document is to be returned following recording.

 

How can I make payment to the Solano County Recorder?

A document deposited with the Recorder must meet recording requirements and the proper fees must be included to ensure recordation. All applicable fees must be paid at time of recording.

The Solano County Recorder accepts check, cash, debit or credit card payments.

Make check payable to Solano County Recorder. If you are uncertain of the exact fee amount you may leave the amount blank and state below the amount line, “check not to exceed $xx dollars”. Your check will be completed for the exact amount of the fees due.

 

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

The Solano County Recorder’s regular recording fee is $13.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Penalty Print: $1.00 per page is charged on all documents with print smaller than 9 lines per vertical inch or 22 characters per inch horizontally

Indexing Fees: $1.00 for each reference to a previously recorded document after the first reference

$1.00 for each group of ten names or fractional portion thereof after the initial group of ten names

Lien Fees

Release of City and County Liens: $8.00

Copy Fees

Official Copy: $7.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page
Certification: $5.00 for each document

Conformed Copy: Free, one conformed copy will be returned after recording ONLY if a self addressed, stamped envelope is provided

 

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

You may a request a recorded copy of your lien in person or by mail.

In Person

The Solano County Recorder’s Self-Serve Public Research Area is open to the public from 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Monday – Friday (excluding holidays). You are able to view documents back to 1955 on a computer as you research. You may also view microfilm back to 1848.

The Solano County Recorder’s office is located at:

675 Texas Street, Suite 2700
Fairfield Ca 94533-6338
Phone: (707) 784-6290
E-mail: Recorder@solanocounty.com

Office Hours

M-F 8am-4pm

Recording Hours M-F 8am-4pm

Same Day Recording M-F 8am-3:30pm

Records Requests M-F 8am-4pm

By Mail

By Mail – Send a written request to the address below. Include the copy fee and a contact phone number. The following information is helpful as a cross reference to locate your document. Make sure to include this information in your copy request:

1. Title of the Document
2. Names of the parties on the document
3. Document Number and/or Book and Page
4. Recording Date

Mail Copy Request To:

Solano County Assessor/Recorder
675 Texas Street, Ste. 2700
Fairfield CA 94533

On bottom left-hand corner of envelope, make sure to note: “Recorder Copy Request”.

If you have any further questions, you can contact them at (707) 784-6290.

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Solano 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 Solano 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 Preliminary Notice in Solano County?

The fee to file a California Preliminary Notice in Solano County is $51.00.

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