Guide to filing a mechanics lien in New York County

When compared to the lien laws in other states, New York grants broad protection to contractors. If you’ve gone unpaid after a construction project in New York County, chances are filing a mechanics lien with the New York County Clerk is well within your rights to recover payment. However, there are still unique limitations you should be aware of and rules you need to follow.

Here are a few limitations under New York lien law:

  1. Most participants in a construction project can file a mechanics lien, but some cannot. Unlicensed contractors, suppliers to suppliers, and parties that aren’t authorized to work in New York may not be able to file a lien claim if needed.
  2. New York does not require contractors to submit preliminary notices. That’s right, lien claimants in Now York are not required to submit a preliminary notice to the property owner in order to preserve their lien rights. There are a few exceptions to this rule, though.
  3. If you hired an agent to file your lien claim, you need to include a signed document that authorizes them to do so. Much like the non existent preliminary notice requirements, this rule is pretty unique.

Check out our New York Mechanics Lien Guide for an in-depth look at these lien laws or to find the lien documents you need to record your lien successfully.

The New York County Clerk is the office that records mechanics lien claims in New York County, otherwise known as Manhattan. Below, you can find the New York County Clerk’s recording requirements, formatting requirements, recording fees, and other useful information.

Our Step-by-Step Guide to Filing a Mechanics Lien in New York outlines the entire mechanics lien process in New York State. You can also use it to eFile your lien with Levelset in just a few clicks.

Where is the New York County Clerk's Office that files mechanic's liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the New York County Clerk’s Office located at:

New York County Courthouse
60 Centre Street, Room 161
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 646-386-5955

The New York County Clerk’s Office now accepts all documents electronically.

All recordable documents that you submit to the City Register’s Office can be e-recorded using the Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS).

To record your documents electronically, visit www.nyc.gov/acris.

What is New York County's Recording Backlog?

The New York County Clerk’s Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanic's lien in New York County?

If your construction project is located in New York County, then yes, you should file your lien here.

What are New York County's requirements for recording a mechanic's lien?

The New York County Clerk’s general document recording requirements are as follows:

1. The name and address of the parties as written in the document; should match the Endorsement Cover Page
2. The New York State acknowledgement has the current acceptable wording, and includes the
venue, date (should not predate the document) and name
3. The document must be dated and signed
4. The Block and lot shown in the document matches the Endorsement Cover Page
5. Provide an address, a metes and bounds description or the block (s) and lot (s) in the document.
6. All required exhibits, schedules and cross references are included
7. The correct property type is cited in the document.
8. The correct document type is cited on the Endorsement Cover Page.
9. All names reflected in the document, should be listed separately on the Endorsement Cover Page

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

The New York County Clerk follows the state’s regulations here too. They are:

1. Pages must be either 8.5 x 11 or 8.5 x 14 in size.
2. The font must be at least 8 point.
3. The ink must be black on a white surface.
If any portion of the document isn’t legible, the lien may be rejected.

How can I make payment to the New York County Clerk's Office?

The fees must be paid in cash, by Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit cards, by an attorney’s check made payable to the New York County Clerk, or in the form of a U.S. postal money order made payable to the New York County Clerk.

What are the filing fees to record a mechanic's lien in New York County?

The New York County Clerk’s recording fees are as follows:

Recording Fees

Real Estate Documents: $32.00 + $5.00 per page + $5.00 for Cover Page. Minimum for 2 pages = $42.00 ($32.00 + 1 Cover Page + 1 document page). Note: One 2 sided page counts as 2 pages.

Lien Fees

Mechanic’s Lien: $30.00
Affidavit of Service for Mechanic’s Liens: $5.00

Copy Fees

Business Records, Certified Copy: $10.00

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

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person at the New York County Clerk’s Office located at:

New York County Courthouse
60 Centre Street, Room 161
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 646-386-5955

Hours: 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.

You can now request electronic certified copies of real and personal property documents recorded in ACRIS. Before requesting electronic certified copies, make sure that the recipient of your documents is willing to receive them in an electronic format.

The Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS) allows you to search property records and view document images for Manhattan from 1966 to the present.

You can access ACRIS here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/taxes/acris.page

Access to a copy of a lien may require paying a fee.

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