Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Brown County

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

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

Brown County Courthouse
200 S Broadway Street
Brownwood, TX 76801

Phone: (325) 643-2594

The cut off time for recording instruments is 4:30 p.m., no exceptions.

The County Clerk does not accept faxed copies or electronic filings at this time.

What is Brown County's Recording Backlog?

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

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

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

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

The Brown County Clerk’s recording requirements are as follows:

1. The instruments are filed and recorded in a safe and permanent manner and an index is provided so records may be easily and completely retrieved. Your documents must be the original or a certified copy.

2. A page is considered to be one side of a sheet of paper; must be no wider than 8 1/2 inches and no longer than 14 inches, have a sufficient weight so that printing, typing or handwriting on it will not smear smear or bleed through and be printed in type not smaller than eight-point type and suitable for reproducing from it a readale record. (LGC 191.007 (b) (1,2,3)

3. There must be a clearly identifying heading placed at the top of the first page to identify the type or kind of legal paper. LGG 191.007(c)

5. Printing, typing, and handwriting must be clearly legible.

6. The signatures must be original. Names must be legibly typed or printed immediately under each signature. LGC 191.007(e)

7. All photostas, photocopies, and other types of reproduction must have black printing, typing, or handwriting on a white background, commonly known as positive prints. LGC 191.007(f)

8. The property must be located in Brown County.

9. There must be a proper and completed original notary acknowledgment.

10. All documents must hae a return address listed on the bottom of the page or the back of the page.

11. A margin of at least an inch is required on top, bottom, left and right on each page of a document for Volume and Paging.

12. The filing fee is $26.00 for the first page and $4.00 for each additional page.

13. An instrument executed ater December 31, 1981, conveying an interest in real property, must have a mailing address of each grantee listed on the instrument. Property Code 11.0003

14. Abstract of judgments must have the mailing address of each plaintiff or judgment creditor listed on the abstract of judgment.

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

All documents must be no wider than 8 1/2 inches and no longer than 14 inches, have a sufficient weight so that printing, typing or handwriting on it will not smear smear or bleed through and be printed in type not smaller than eight-point type and suitable for reproducing from it a readale record.

There must be a clearly identifying heading placed at the top of the first page to identify the type or kind of legal paper.

A margin of at least an inch is required on top, bottom, left and right on each page of a document for Volume and Paging.

How can I make payment to the Brown County Recorder?

You can make payment to the Brown County Recorder when submitting your lien to the office. The Brown County Recorder accepts cash, check, Visa, Discover, and Mastercard.

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

The Brown County Clerk’s recording fee is $26.00 for the first page and $4.00 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Indexing fee: $0.25 for each additional named to be indexed in excess of five (5)

Lien Fees

Federal Tax Lien/Release of Lien: $31.00

Copy Fees

Plan: $1.00 per page
Certified: $5.00 plus additional $1.00 per page

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

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

Brown County Courthouse
200 S Broadway Street
Brownwood, TX 76801

Phone: (325) 643-2594

You can also search Brown County”s Real Property Records online at:

https://www.texasonlinerecords.com/realproperty/?office_id=21/

The images that you may copy off this site have not been certified as being true and correct copies of the instruments filed and recorded with the Brown County Clerk’s Office.

Certified copies of these documents can be purchased in person at the Brown County Clerk’s Office, 200 South Broadway, STE 101, Brownwood, TX 76801 or by sending a cashiers’ check or money order for the correct fee to the Brown County Clerk’s Office. Copy fees are $1.00 per page. There is an additional certification fee of $5.00 per document.

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Brown, Texas?

Determining if you have the right to file a lien in Brown County, Texas can be complicated. Texas has one of the most complex lien laws in the U.S. and filing a lien in [County Name] is no different. Generally, construction contractors who

1) furnish labor or materials
2) send all required documents before filing a lien, such as monthly notices
3) if a homestead, have a proper written contract
4) and meet any state deadlines and fees for your lien claim.

You can learn more about Mechanics Liens in Texas and more specific requirements for filing a lien overall in our step by step guide.

Do I have to send a monthly notice to file a lien in Brown County, Texas?

Yes, you will need to have sent a Texas Preliminary Notice (monthly notices) to be able to file a lien in Brown County, TX. Not sending the correct Texas Monthly Notice may result in an invalid lien claim at the time of filing with the Brown County Recorder / Assessor.

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