Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Indian River County

If you’re facing non-payment after a construction project in Indian River County, you can file a mechanics lien with the Indian River County Clerk to recover the money you’re owed. Before you begin preparing your lien claim, you need to understand the State of Florida’s lien laws and the requirements of County Clerk itself. Otherwise, you could face even more delays and setbacks. To help you avoid that, we’ve compiled some useful information about Florida lien law and the Indian River County Clerk.

Here are four of the most common points of confusion in Florida lien law:

  1. If you don’t submit a notice to owner, you may not have the right to file a mechanics lien in Florida. The Florida NTO acts like a preliminary notice, and it must be sent to the property owner shortly after work begins on the construction project.
  2. The deadline to file a lien claim in Florida is 90 days. More specifically, lien claimants have 90 days from the last performance of work to record their lien claim with the Indian River County Clerk.
  3. Unfortunately, not all parties involved in a construction project will have the right to file a mechanics lien. These parties include sub-sub-subcontractors, suppliers to suppliers, suppliers to sub-sub-subcontractors, maintenance workers, and unlicensed contractors who are doing work that requires a license.
  4. Exaggerating the amount on your lien claim is a serious offense in Florida. If you claim more than the value of the labor and materials you furnished for the construction project, you could face a 3rd degree felony.

Our Florida Lien Laws FAQ page explains these topics in great detail, so we recommend you take a look before you prepare your lien claim.

If the construction project took place in Indian River County, you’ll need to record your mechanics lien at the Indian River County Clerk’s Office. Below, you can find the Indian River County Clerk’s recording requirements, recording fees, formatting requirements, contact information, and information regarding how you can record your lien claim by mail or eFile your lien claim with Levelset in the matter of a few clicks.

If you’re looking for a total breakdown of the Florida mechanics lien process or other legal advice, refer to our step-by-step guide to filing a mechanics lien in Florida.

Where is the Indian River County Clerk's Office that files mechanics liens?

You can file your mechanics liens at The Indian River County Clerk’s office in person located at the following address:

2000 16th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32960

Hours of Operation:

RECORDING and North County 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Contact:

TELEPHONE (772) 770-5185
GENERAL FAX (772) 770-5008
E-MAIL CONTACT clerk@clerk.indian-river.org

What is Indian River County's Recording Backlog?

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

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

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

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

Generally, to file a mechanics lien in Indian River County, there are 3 steps:

Step 1: Prepare your Florida mechanics lien form with the appropriate information required including information, statement of labor, and more. For more information, read our How to File a Florida Mechanics Lien Guide

Step 2: Serve a copy of the lien to the owner and others on the project.

Step 3: File the lien claim with the Indian River County Clerk’s Office.

Your lien claim must follow all Indian River County requirements including the appropriate margins and pay all fees.

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

All documents must be no larger than 8 1/2″ x 14″. Every document must have a 3-inch square at the top right-hand corner of the first page and a 1-inch by 3-inch space at the top right-hand corner of each subsequent page for use by the Clerk.

How can I make payment to the Indian River County Clerk?

The Indian River County Clerk accepts credit or debit card payments. Note that there is a 3.5% charge for credit card payments.

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

The Indian River County Clerk’s recording fee is $10.00 for the first page nad $8.50 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Indexing instruments recorded in the Official Records which contain more than 4 names: $1.00 per additional name

Indexing each entry not recorded: $1.00

Lien Fees

Mechanic’s Lien – Recording the Certificate: $10.00 for the first page and $8.50 for each aditional page

Issuance of Certificate by Clerk: $20.00
Multiple liens, in addition to above, each: $10.00

Deposit/Bond required as security:

Amount of Lien plus interest (3 years of legal percentage) plus:
Court costs, whichever is greater: 25% or $1,000.00
Approving Bond: $10.00

Copy Fees

Copying any instrument in public records, Not more than 14″ x 8 1/2″: $1.00 per page

Certifying copies of any instrument in public records: $2.00

 

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

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien from the Indian River County Clerk’s office in person located at:

2000 16th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32960

Hours of Operation:

RECORDING and North County 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Contact:

TELEPHONE (772) 770-5185
GENERAL FAX (772) 770-5008
E-MAIL CONTACT clerk@clerk.indian-river.org

You can also search the County Clerk’s Official Records online and order a copy at: http://ori.indian-river.org/

Index data is complete back to October of 1983. When not prohibited by law, document images are viewable from July 1, 1925 to present.

You have the option to certify Official Records through the Clerk eCertify function provided by Triedata.
Documents that have restricted viewing access on the internet cannot be eCertified; however, certified copies of these documents can still be obtained by visiting the Clerk’s Office in person.

To access this service, please visit http://ori.indian-river.org/ and click on eCertify Documents on the top ribbon.

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Indian River, Florida?

Determining whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Indian River, 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 Indian River 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.

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