Guide to filing construction documents in Bartholomew County, Indiana

Contractors and suppliers working on a project within Bartholomew County should get familiar with the Bartholomew County Recorder. This is the office that records documents related to the property, including mechanics liens and notices.

This page contains all of the information construction businesses need to file liens and other documents with the Bartholomew County Recorder, including locations, hours, fees, form downloads, and more..

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The mechanics lien rules in Indiana can be complex. Before recording a lien in Bartholomew County, read Filing a Lien in Indiana: A Step-by-Step Guide to make sure you understand the process, and common mistakes.

Download Bartholomew County Recorder Forms:

Lien FAQs for Bartholomew County

What types of documents can I file at the Bartholomew County Recorder?

This office records a variety of property-related documents, including:
Mechanics lien
Lien release
UCC lien

Which office records mechanics liens in Bartholomew County, Indiana?

Filing in person

You can file your Recorder in person at the County Recorder, located at:
440 Third Street
Columbus, Indiana, IN, 47201

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

If you need more information, you can call them at (812) 379-1520.


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Who can file a lien in Bartholomew County?

If you provided labor or materials on a construction project located in Bartholomew County, Indiana, then your mechanics lien should be filed here. However, every state has specific rules about who has the right to file a lien, including notice requirements and specific deadlines. To make sure you are allowed to file a lien, visit the Indiana Mechanics Lien Guide & FAQ page.

What is the deadline to file a lien claim in Bartholomew County, Indiana?

In Indiana, your deadline to file a mechanics lien is dependent upon your role in the project. In general:
General contractors have 60 days on residential projects and 90 days on non-residential projects to file a lien after the last date of supplying labor or materials. Subcontractors and suppliers have 60 days on residential projects and 90 days on non-residential projects to file after last date of supplying labor or materials.

What are the Bartholomew County Recorder fees to file a lien?

Here are the costs to file a mechanics lien in Bartholomew County, Indiana:
$25 flat fee, including one first-class mailing. $2 for each additional mailing.

Recording offices do update their fee structure periodically. We recommend contacting the Bartholomew County Recorder to verify the recording costs, especially before mailing a document.

Visit the Bartholomew County Recorder fees page for the latest information.

How do I release a lien in Bartholomew County once I’ve been paid?

To cancel a lien previously recorded with the Bartholomew County Recorder, you will need to record a lien release.
Lien release fee:

How do I get copies of documents from the Bartholomew County Recorder?

In Bartholomew County, filed documents are public record. Copies of mechanics liens and other property documents are available upon request from the Bartholomew County Recorder.

In person

439 Third Street, Columbus, IN, 47201

By mail

440 Third Street, Columbus, IN, 47201


The Bartholomew County Recorder does not currently have an online resource for requesting document copies


Certified copy: $5.00