Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Denver County

Contractors in Colorado have strong lien rights. However, there are still a mountain of rules, regulations, and lien laws that must be followed before you record your lien claim. If you need to file a mechanics lien in Denver County, this page helps you get the process started by providing you with information about Colorado’s lien laws and the Denver County Clerk and Recorder’s own requirements.

Here are three quirks of the Colorado lien law that you should be aware of before preparing your lien claim:

  1. Preliminary notices in Colorado take a little more effort than preliminary notices in other
    states. Lien claimants are required to include proof that the notice of intent to lien was submitted to the property owner as well as a complete lien statement with their lien claim. This means that, in effect, you’ll need to have completed your lien before even submitting the preliminary notice.
  2. Lien claims expire if they aren’t enforced. Mechanics lien claims expire after 60 days if they aren’t enforced. Act quickly!
  3. The deadline to file a lien claim is different depending on your role in the construction project. For the sake of brevity, we won’t list all the stipulations here. Refer to our Colorado Mechanics Lien FAQ to learn more about these deadlines and unique rules in Colorado lien law.

The rest of this page is dedicated to the Denver County Clerk, the office you’ll record your mechanics lien with if the project is located in Denver County. Below, you can find valuable information about the Denver County Clerk’s recording requirements, recording fees, page size and margin requirements, and contact information. You can also find out how to record your lien by mail, eRecord your lien, or eFile your lien with Levelset in just a few clicks.

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive breakdown of the mechanics lien process in Colorado, refer to our Step-by-Step Guide to Filing a Mechanics Lien in Colorado which includes a walkthrough of all the lien documents, required information, and steps you need to take when preparing a lien claim.

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

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

In Person

You can bring your documents into the Denver County Clerk & Recorder’s Office in person located at:

201 W. Colfax Avenue
Dept. 101
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 720-865-8400
E-mail: clerkandrecorder@denvergov.org

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

You may pay with cash, check, money order or credit card (Mastercard, Visa or Discover). Temporary checks are not accepted.

Mail

You can mail your documents with check or money order payable to “Manager of Finance” to Clerk & Recorder Recording Dept., 201 W. Colfax, Dept. 101, Denver, CO 80202.

eRecording

Online document recording is encouraged for anyone who records multiple documents frequently.

The City and County of Denver currently contracts with the following submitters which can be contacted to set up an eRecording account.

eRecording Services

* eRecording Partners Network LLC—EPN
www.GOePN.com
888-325-3365

* Indecomm Global Services
www.indecomm.net
303-847-5020

* Corporation Service Company—CSC (formerly Ingeo)
www.eRecording.com
866-652-0111

* Simplifile
www.simplifile.com
800-460-5657

What is Denver County's Recording Backlog?

The Denver County Clerk and Recorder’s Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog. However, note that the process of submitting by paper, particularly if you are mailing it in, can take a week to 10 days to complete.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Denver County?

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

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

The Denver 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 Denver 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 Denver County?

The Denver County Clerk and Recorder’s Office requires a one-inch margin on the top of the page and one-half inch on each side. Margin requirements are dictated by C.R.S. 30-10-406(3)(a). Documents must be on letter or legal size (8.5″ x 14″) paper.

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

The Denver County Clerk & Recorder’s Office accept cash, check or credit card (Mastercard, Visa or Discover). Make checks payable to Manager of Finance.

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

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

Recording Fees

Letter or legal size per document
First page: $13
Each additional page: $5

Lien Fees

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

Copy Fees

Copy: $0.25 per page
Certified Copies of Documents: $1.00 per document plus, $0.25 per page of document

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

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

201 W. Colfax Avenue
Dept. 101
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 720-865-8400
E-mail: clerkandrecorder@denvergov.org

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

Copy fees are as follows:

Copy: $0.25 per page
Certified Copies of Documents: $1.00 per document plus, $0.25 per page of document

You can also search for Denver County Clerk & Recorder’s recorded documents online at:
https://countyfusion3.kofiletech.us/countyweb/login.do?countyname=Denver

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