Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Collier County

If you’ve been left unpaid after a construction project in Collier County, one of the best things you can do to free the money up is file a mechanics lien with the Collier County Clerk. Research is always the best place to start when filing a mechanics lien, and if you’re on this page, you’re off to a great start! This page compiles information about Florida’s lien laws and the Collier County Clerk of Court.

Here are a few of the main features of Florida’s lien laws:

  1. A notice to owner, otherwise known as a preliminary notice, must be submitted to the property owner to protect your lien rights.
  2. Generally, lien claimants must file their mechanics liens within 90 days after the last work on the construction project was performed.
  3. Sub-sub-subcontractors, suppliers to suppliers, suppliers to sub-sub-subcontractors, maintenance workers, and unlicensed contractors can’t file a mechanics lien claim in Florida.
  4. Overestimating the lien amount is a 3rd degree felony in Florida. To avoid these consequences, include only the value of the cost of labor and materials.

For a much more detailed description of these lien laws, take a look at our Florida Lien Laws FAQ page.

After determining that you meed the prerequisites to file a mechanics lien in Florida, it’s time to get to know your county clerk. Below, you can find useful information about the Collier County Clerk’s office, including Collier County’s recording requirements, formatting requirements, recording fees, and information regarding how you can file your mechanics lien electronically with Levelset in just a few clicks.

If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to file a mechanics lien in Florida, refer to our step-by-step guide to filing a mechanics lien in Florida for a complete breakdown of the Florida mechanics lien process. You can also find the lien documents needed to file a lien in Florida there.

Where is the Collier County Clerk of Court that files mechanics liens?

You can file your mechanics liens at the Collier County Clerk’s office in person located at:

3315 Tamiami Trail East, Ste. 102
Naples, FL 34112-5324

For Official Records and Recording, go to:

Collier County Courthouse Annex
2nd Floor
Tel: (239) 252-7242
Fax: (239) 252-8003

What is Collier County's Recording Backlog?

The Collier County Clerk does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Collier County, or some other county?

If the project is located in Collier county, then yes, you will want to record your lien with the Collier County Clerk’s Office.

What are Collier County's requirements for filing a mechanics lien?

The Collier County Clerk’s recording requirements are as follows:

– Originals or certified copies may be recorded.

– Documents concerning “real property” must be notarized.

– Customer must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of their original documents.

– It is extremely important that the images created and placed in the Official Records are legible and of the highest quality. The quality of the images depends upon the quality of the documents that you present to the County Clerk for recording.

– Ensure that the print and writing is legible and dark. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you DO NOT HIGHLIGHT text on the documents, as color shows up as black on the scanned image.

– This document may be recorded and is your “sworn affidavit of your intent of Florida residency”. Print the form, fill it out, sign it in front of a Notary Public, and send it to the Recording Department for recording, along with appropriate fees.

What are the margin and page size requirements to file a lien in Collier County?

The margin and page size requirements to file a lien in [County Name] are: All documents must comply with the 8 1/2″ x 11″ standard page size and must be no larger than 8 1/2″ x 14″. The top margin of the first page should be 3 inches with all other margins as 1 inch. Not meeting these margin and page size requirements may result in additional fees.

How can I make payment to the Collier County Clerk?

The Collier County Clerk’s payments options include: cash, check, money order or debit/credit card. Make check payable to Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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

The Collier County Clerk’s recording fee is $10.00 for the first page and $8.50 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Indexing instruments containing more than 4 names: $1.00 for each additional name

Lien Fees

Transferring Lien to Security by Cash or Bond
Making and issuing the Certificate): $20.00
Recording of Certificate transferring lien to security: $10.00
Recording one page: $1.00
Copies (per page): $8.50
Bond Approval: $8.50
Recording additional page Bond: $8.50

Total cash or amount of bond required as security must include:

– Amount of lien
– Interest 3 years Legal interest rate
– Court costs = $1,000 or 25% of lien amount, or whichever is greater
– Registry Fee for Cash Deposit
Percent of the first $500 – 3%
Percent of each subsequent $100 – 1.5%

Copy Fees

Copies per page: $1.00 per page
Certifying copies of instruments (per instrument): $2.00

 

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

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

You can search the Collier County Clerk’s Official/Land Records Public Inquiry System online at:

https://www.collierclerk.com/records-search/official-land-records-search

Note that the images provided are not a complete representation of the official record and should not be relied upon as such. The complete official record can be accessed in the County Clerk’s office during regular business hours.

You can also send a written request that includes what you are searching for and which years you would like the search to include. Include payment with the appropriate fees.

If you want a plain copy, you may print it from the website. If it must be a certified copy, send your request, including recording information and appropriate fees to the mailing address below:

Submit all requests for public records held by the
Collier County Clerk of Courts to the following:

Public Records Coordinator
Collier County Clerk of Courts
3315 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 102
Naples, Florida 34112-5324
(239) 252-2725
PublicRecordsRequest@CollierClerk.com

Note that when ordering copies via mail, make sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your copies.

 

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Collier Florida?

Determining whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Collier, FL depends on your situation. 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 Florida. 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 Collier County, FL.

You can read more about lien rights and if you have the right to file a lien on our Florida Mechanics Lien Resources page.

What is the fee to file a Florida preliminary notice in Collier County?

The fee to file a Florida Preliminary Notice in Collier is $10.

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