Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Boulder County

Before you file a mechanics lien in Boulder County, you need to research Colorado lien law and the requirements for the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder to make sure you get everything right the first time. This way, you’ll avoid mistakes that get your lien claim rejected and delay your payment even more.

Before we get into the Boulder County Clerk’s requirements, here are three key pieces of Colorado lien law that you should know:

  1. Colorado’s preliminary notice requirements are labor intensive. Along with a notice of intent to lien, lien claimants need to send a complete lien statement to the property owner. This means you must prepare, research, and notarize the mechanics lien before you even send the notice of intent. If that wasn’t enough, you also need to present an affidavit that proves the notices was properly delivered to the property owner.
  2. Colorado’s mechanics lien deadlines change based on the project. Generally, lien claimants have 4 months after last work to file a mechanics lien. However, if you didn’t provide materials or you’re working on a 2 family home and there’s a bonafide purchaser of the dwelling, the deadline is 2 months after last improvement. Learn more about mechanics lien deadlines on our Colorado Mechanics lien FAQs.
  3. You don’t have long to enforce your lien claim in Colorado. If you don’t enforce the lien claim within 60 days in Colorado, it becomes invalid.

The frequently asked questions below contain useful information about the Boulder County Recorder and Clerk’s recording requirements, page size and margin requirements, recording fees, contact information, information about eRecording, and much more. You can also use this page to find links to Boulder County’s Public Records.

For a detailed breakdown of the mechanics lien process in Colorado, take a look at our Step-by-Step Guide to Filing a Mechanics Lien in Colorado.

Where is the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office that files Mechanics liens?

You can file your mechanics liens in person, by mail or by eRecording.

In Person

You can visit the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office located at:

1750 33rd Street, Suite 200
303-413-7775 (Fax)
Boulder, CO 80301

Main: 303-413-7710
Email: clerkandrecorder@bouldercounty.org

Recording: 303-413-7770
E-mail: recording@bouldercounty.org

Office Hours
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F

Documents must be submitted/received by 4:00 p.m. or they will not be recorded until the next business day.

Documents can also be dropped off at the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Lafayette and Longmont offices, and the original document will be mailed back to you after recording.

The Longmont office is located at 529 Coffman Street, Longmont, CO 80501.

The Lafayette office is located at 1376 Miners Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026.

Mail

You can mail your lien documents to:

1750 33rd Street, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301

eRecording

If you or your agency/company will be submitting numerous documents, the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office recommends using the electronic recording (eRecording) service.

eRecording your documents will allow you to submit and receive your recorded documents the same day, saving time and money. For information on how to submit documents electronically, contact one of vendors listed below. Various fees apply.

Simplifile
Lynn Wilkey – Regional Sales Director
800-460-5657 x1037 office
970-980-8700 mobile
Lynn.wilkey@simplifile.com
simplifile.com

Corporation Service Company (CSC)
866-652-0111

erecording@cscglobal.com
www.erecording.com

eRecording Partners (ePN) 612-269-5452
888-325-3365
sales@erecordingpartners.net or
www.erecordingpartners.net

https://www.indecomm.com/
Vijai Sai
612-269-5452
vijay.sai@indecomm.net

or

Jeff Carlson
651-766-2369
jeff.carlson@indecomm.net

What is Boulder County's Recording Backlog?

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

Should I file my mechanics lien in Boulder County?

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

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

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

Fees are Correct
• Recording fees are statutorily established. Boulder County only refunds overpayments, which are over $15.00. See our fee schedule.

State Documentary Fees are Included
• Any transfer deed with consideration exceeding $500.00 will be assessed a State documentary fee of $.01 per $100.00.

Deeds Contain Valid Grantee Address
• Per C.R.S. 38-35-109(2), all deeds shall include a notation of the legal (mailing) address of the grantee. This address is used to determine where tax statements should be mailed after a property is sold.

Sufficient Margins
• C.R.S. 301-10-406(3)(a) requires that all documents 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.

Checks Payable to Boulder County Clerk & Recorder
• If checks are made out to the wrong party, the check along with all documents attached to it will be rejected and returned to the submitter.

Checks are Signed
• Unsigned or stale dated checks, along with all documents attached thereto, will be rejected and returned to the submitter.

Plat Guidelines
• Plats must be precisely 24” high by 36” wide, legible and reproducible mylars with permanent black ink. We cannot accept plats that are printed on the backside of the mylar, have ink that flakes, rubs or brushes off, or color printing.

• The only exceptions are notary seals stamped in a darker color such as blue and vicinity maps embedded in the plat.

• Plats must not contain any areas pasted or sealed.

• They must be flat, spliceless, tapeless and creaseless sheets of double matte mylar film with a uniform thickness of not less than .003 of an inch (3 mil).

• A margin of at least ½ inch on all sides is required.

• The first page of a plat must provide a Recorder’s Block for our recording information.

• If provided by the submitter at the time of recording of a plat, one copy of the plat can be conformed if it is an exact copy of the original plat being recorded.

• It is important to note that site plans cannot be recorded as mylar plats. They can be recorded as paper documents, legal size or less.

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

The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office requires that all documents have a top margin of at least one inch and a left, right and bottom margin of at least ½ inch.

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

The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office accepts check payments.
Make checks Payable to Boulder County Clerk & Recorder.

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

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

Recording Fees

Recording the first page of each document, legal size or smaller: $13.00

Recording each additional page of a document following the first page, legal size or smaller: $5.00

Lien Fees

Federal tax liens per document: $8.00

Copy Fees

Certifying a copy of a recorded document: $1.00
Copies of records, per page: $0.25

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

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person, phone, by mail, or online.

In Person

You can visit the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office located at:

1750 33rd Street, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301

Main: 303-413-7710
Email: clerkandrecorder@bouldercounty.org

Recording: 303-413-7770
303-413-7775 (Fax)
E-mail: recording@bouldercounty.org

Office Hours
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F

You can also visit the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Lafayette and Longmont offices.

The Longmont office is located at:

529 Coffman Street
Longmont, CO 80501

The Lafayette office is located at:

1376 Miners Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026

Phone

To request a copy, you can call the Recording Division office at 303-413-7770.

Mail

If a copy is requested by mail, the following information must be included in a letter to the Recording Division:

1. Name
2. Phone number
3. Mailing or email address to which the copy is to be sent
4. Type of document
5. Document reception number (number may be searched by name)
6. Type of copy requested
7. Payment for the copy
8. Postage or self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) if the copy is to be mailed

The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s mailing address is:

1750 33rd Street, Suite 201
Boulder, CO 80301

If you are a researcher who plans on purchasing copies on an ongoing basis, you may want to set up an escrow account. This allows you to submit your requests via email and receive your copies via email. To set up an account, complete the account request form here: https://assets.bouldercounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Account_Policy_and_Request_Form_for_Escrow.pdf
and submit the form with your payment in person or by email. You may pay by credit card over the phone (extra fee of $0.75 + 2.26% of the total payment).

Online

You can also search for Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s documents online at: https://recorder.bouldercounty.org/countyweb/login.do?countyname=Boulder

To purchase a copy of a document online, login as guest, find the document you are looking for and click on the print icon.

Copy fees are as follows:

Letter-size copy/digital image: $0.25/page (Postage is additional)
Certification (Mail only; no email): $1.00/document (Postage is additional)

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