Guide to filing construction documents in Steele County, Minnesota

Contractors and suppliers working on a project within Steele County should get familiar with the Steele 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 Steele County Recorder, including locations, hours, fees, form downloads, and more..

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

Download Steele County Recorder Forms:

Lien FAQs for Steele County

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

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

Which office records mechanics liens in Steele County, Minnesota?

Filing in person

You can file your Recorder in person at the Steele County Recorder, located at:
630 Florence Avenue
Owatonna, Minnesota, MN, 55060

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

If you need more information, you can call them at (507) 444-7450.


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Who can file a lien in Steele County?

If you provided labor or materials on a construction project located in Steele County, Minnesota, 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 Minnesota Mechanics Lien Guide & FAQ page.

What is the deadline to file a lien claim in Steele County, Minnesota?

In Minnesota, your deadline to file a mechanics lien is dependent upon your role in the project. In general:
General contractors have 120 days to file a lien after the date of last furnishing labor or materials. Subcontractors and suppliers have 120 days to file after date of last furnishing labor or materials.

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

Here are the costs to file a mechanics lien in Steele County, Minnesota:
$46.00 per document, with no page limit

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

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

What forms of payment are accepted at the Steele County Recorder?

Steele County Recorder accepts the following forms of payment:

Check (payable to Steele County Recorder)
Money order (payable to Steele County Recorder)
Credit card (Visa or Mastercard)

If paying by check, make it payable to Steele County Recorder.

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

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

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

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

In person

630 Florence Avenue Owatonna, 55060


Certified copy: $10.00 per document (Flat fee)

Conformed copy: $1.00 per page $10.00 Minimum