Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Washington County

Where is the Washington County Recorder's Office that files mechanics liens?

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

1293 Jackson Avenue
Chipley, FL 32428

Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phone:
(850) 638-6289
Fax:
(850) 638-6288

Email:
customerservice@washingtonclerk.com

You can also submit your documents through e-recording.

If you wish to begin sending your recordable documents electronically to Washington County, you can contact Simplifile at 800-460-5657 or eRecording at 866-652-0111.

What is Washington County's Recording Backlog?

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

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

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

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

Generally, to file a mechanics lien in Washington 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 Washington County Recorder’s Office.

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

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

The margin and page size requirements to file a lien in Washington 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 Washington County Recorder?

You can make payment to the Washington County Recorder when submitting your lien claim. The Washington Recorder accepts most major forms of payment including cash, check, and major credit cards.

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

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

Additional Recording Fees

Indexing Additional Names Over 4: $1.00 per name

Copy Fees

Copies of Official Records: $1.00 per page
Certification: $3.00 each document

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from Washington County's Recorders Office?

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

108 North Jefferson St. Suite 102
Perry, FL 32347

Phone: (850) 838-3506

You can also search and order Official Records online at https://www3.myfloridacounty.com/ori/index.do

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

Determining whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Washington, 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 Washington 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 Washington County?

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

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