Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Arapahoe County

If you need to file a mechanics lien in Arapahoe County, you’ve come to the right place. This page serves as a guide to the basics of Colorado’s lien laws and the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s requirements.

Colorado grants strong lien rights to contractors, suppliers, and just about every other participant in a construction project. However, there are regulations, laws, and limitations that need to be followed in order to file a lien successfully. Here are three noteworthy areas of Colorado lien law that you need to be familiar with:

  1. The preliminary notice requirements in Colorado mean a lot of work for lien claimants. Lien claimants in Colorado must send a notice of intent to lien to the property owner, as well as provide proof that this notice was sent. Additionally, claimants need to provide a complete lien statement along with that notice. This means you have to essentially complete the mechanics lien just to send a preliminary notice.
  2. Lien claims expire if they’re not enforced. The deadline to enforce your lien claim is 60 days, and failure to enforce means the claim is invalid.
  3. The deadline to file a mechanics lien changes depending on your role in the construction project. The normal deadline to file a mechanics lien claim in Colorado is 4 months after last work; however, that deadline is shortened to 2 months depending on the project. This rule is pretty tricky, so refer to our Colorado Mechanics Lien FAQ to learn more about it.

The rest of this page is dedicated to the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder. Here, you can find Arapahoe County’s recording requirements, contact information, formatting requirements, recording fees, and much more.

If you’re looking for a complete breakdown of the mechanics lien process in Colorado, take a look at our Step-by-Step Guide to Filing a Mechanics Lien in Colorado. There, you can find a detailed description of each step, as well as the necessary lien documents and links to eFile your lien with Levelset quickly and easily.

Where is the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder's Office that files mechanic liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office located at:

5334 S. Prince St.
Littleton, CO 80120

Ph: 303-795-4520
Fax: 303-794-4625
TTY: 711
Email: recording@arapahoegov.com

Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What is Arapahoe County's Recording Backlog?

The Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Arapahoe County?

If your construction project is located in Arapahoe County, then yes, you should file your lien here.

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

The Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s recording requirements are as follows:

1. The lien must include the names and addresses of the property owners
2. The name and basic information of the claimant (you)
3. The name and information of the person who furnished the labor and materials
4. The name and information of the principal contractor
5. The legal description of the property, which can be found at the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office
6. The lien amount. Be careful to get this number right–overestimating the lien amount can lead to significant fines.
7. The lien must be signed and notarized by the claimant (you)
8. Lastly, the state of Colorado requires an affidavit to prove a Notice of Intent was filed. Include this with your lien document.

Liens must also meet the margin requirements outlined by CRS 30-10-406(3)(a):
All documents must have a top margin of at least one inch and a left, right and bottom margin of at least ½ inch. The recorder may refuse to file any document that does not meet these standards.

This information will be filled into the proper blank form. This office does not provide legal forms.

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

According to C.R.S. 30-10-406(3)(a), all documents submitted for recording in Colorado must meet the following margin and size requirements:

-Pages must be 8.5 x 14 or less.
-All documents must have a top margin of one (1) inch and a half (.5) inch margin on the bottom and sides.
-Recorders may refuse any documents that do not meet these standards.

How can I make payment to the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder's Office?

The Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office accepts cash, check or money order payable to ‘Arapahoe County Clerk.’

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

The Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s recording fees are as follows:

Recording Fees

Letter or Legal-Size Document (up to 8.5 x 14)
First page: $13
Each additional page: $5

Lien Fees

Federal Tax Liens
First page: $8
Each additional page: $5

Copy Fees

Non-Certified Copy: $0.25 per page
Certified Copy: Add $1 per document
Credit Card Fee (For Online Purchases Only): Add $2 per transaction

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

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person at the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office located at:

5334 S. Prince St.
Littleton, CO 80120

Ph: 303-795-4520
Fax: 303-794-4625
TTY: 711
Email: recording@arapahoegov.com

Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Copy fees are as follows:
Non-Certified Copy: $0.25 per page
Certified Copy: Add $1 per document
Credit Card Fee (For Online Purchases Only): Add $2 per transaction

You can also search for Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s real estate records online at:
https://countyfusion8.kofiletech.us/countyweb/login.do?countyname=Arapahoe

To request copies of documents not available online, you can mail a request in with the recording information of the document. The fee is $0.25/page for an official copy and an additional $1/document for a certified copy.

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