Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Lubbock County

Going unpaid after a construction project is a difficult situation. Fortunately, contractors in Texas have strong lien rights.

Before you gear up to record your mechanics lien with the Lubbock County Clerk, you should study Texas’s lien laws and Lubbock’s own requirements. That’s because making mistakes when recording means delays and setbacks, and delays and setbacks mean you go longer without the money you’re owed. To help you get a handle on Texas lien law (which is one of the most complicated sets of lien law in the country), here are two of the most common points of confusion for contractors:

  • The Texas preliminary notice requirements are complicated. If you’re planning to file a mechanics lien, you have to send recurring monthly notices if you don’t have a direct contract with the property owner in order to preserve your lien rights. On top of that, there are multiple different types of notices, and each one must be sent at the right time.
  • The language surrounding preliminary notice and mechanics lien deadlines is convoluted. Language like “on the 15th day of the month two [or three] months after the month the unpaid work was performed” is confusing enough, not to mention that deadline doesn’t always apply. Find out more about these rules here.

Texas lien law aside, recording your mechanics lien claim with the Lubbock County Clerk is a relatively simple process. Explore the frequently asked questions below to learn more about the Lubbock County Clerk, including Lubbock County’s recording and formatting requirements, copy and recording fees, contact information, and information about how you can easily eFile your lien in Lubbock County with Levelset.

Refer to our step-by-step guide to Filing A Texas Mechanics Lien to get a complete breakdown of the lien documents you need and the general mechanics lien process in all Texas counties.

Where is the Lubbock County Clerk's Office that files mechanics liens?

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

904 Broadway, Room 207
Lubbock, Texas 79408-3536

Office Hours:
8:30am to 5:00pm

Phone: 806-775-1076
Real Property: 806-775-1060

What is Lubbock County's Recording Backlog?

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

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

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

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

Generally, filing a lien in Texas is one of the more difficult states. Texas has a variety of required documents being exchanged and very strict deadlines for a valid lien claim.

The Lubbock County, Texas requirements for recording a mechanics lien are:

1. Verify you have the right to file a valid lien. This includes having sent a monthly notice for each month labor or materials were furnished on a project. A monthly notice must be sent the second and third month for every month work is performed. This can be confusing but basically this means if you furnished labor this month, your deadline to send a two month and third month notice are two and three months from now, respectively. It’s important to keep in mind that if you perform work on the same construction job in Texas for two consecutive months you will need to have sent a total of 4 notices to retain lien rights. So if work was performed in January, your deadline would be March and April for a 2 and 3 month notice. Keep in mind it’s a little more complex if the labor or materials furnished were for a Homestead project.

2. Draft your Texas affidavit of lien form (mechanics lien claim) for your specific role on the job. The forms are different for general contractors vs. subcontractors so make sure you use the correct form. Not doing so could invalidate your lien claim! Make sure all required fields are completed and call the county Clerk if you have questions about specific required fields. Again, submitting a mechanics lien claim in Texas not completed correctly could lead to an invalid claim returned to you, potentially leading to a missed lien deadline. Be sure to include other relevant attachments as well.

3. File your lien claim with the County Clerk’s office where work was performed.

4. Send a copy of your lien claim to the Property Owner and General Contractor (if you were a second-tier contractor or supplier). This is important as sending a copy of the lien may expedite payment as the Property Owner or General Contractor may not learn a lien was filed on the property if not contacted.

To learn more about filing your lien claim and other requirements, learn more from our How to File a Texas Mechanics Lien Step by Step Guide.

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

All documents need a 3/4″ top margin for recording information.

How can I make payment to the Lubbock County Clerk?

The Lubbock County Clerk’s Office accepts credit cards, cashier’s check or money order. Cashier’s check or money order should be made payable to Lubbock County Clerk. Personal checks require a clear copy of check writer’s driver’s license and contact phone numbers. Note that payments by credit card will incur an additional fee from the vendor of $2.50 or 2.95% whichever is greater.

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

The Lubbock 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 name to be indexed in excess of five (5)

Lien Fees

Federal Tax Lien/Release of Lien: $31.00
State Tax Lien/Release of Lien: $26.00

Copy Fees

Copies are $1.00 per page plus an additional $5.00 for certification of each document.

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

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

Lubbock County Clerk
904 Broadway, Room 207
Lubbock, Texas 79408-3536

Office Hours:
8:30am to 5:00pm

Property records can also be searched online by going to
https://erecord.co.lubbock.tx.us/Clerk/eagleweb/docSearch.jsp/

Requesting Copies by Mail

Requests for copies must be in writing and delivered or mailed to the County Clerk along with the proper fee of $10.00 per name, per 10 years requested. A copy of the Driver’s License is required with checks.

To submit a request for copies from Real Property. Contact the office at 806-775-1062 with your document number or volume and page number to verify the cost for the copy you need. Note that the County Clerk’s Office does not conduct searches for the existence of a document filing.

Send your request by mail to the office, include the document number or volume and page of the document needed. Payment by cashier’s check or money order payable to Lubbock County Clerk. Personal checks require a clear copy of check writer’s driver’s license and contact phone numbers. Please include a SASE with your request.

All requests will be returned regular USPS, unless you choose to send a prepaid shipping envelope from an expedited service company.

Real Property records are public information, if you have a local contact, they are welcome to come into the office and get the copies for you.

Requesting Copies and Payment by Credit Card

To submit a request for copies from Real Property and pay via credit card, contact the office at 806-775-1062 with your document number or volume and page number to verify copy cost for the document you need.

To submit your request and payment by credit card using the following link.

https://payments.lexisnexis.com/tx/county/lubbock/countyclerk/

Payments by credit card will incur an additional fee from the vendor of $2.50 or  2.95% whichever is greater. All requests will be returned regular USPS.

Requests received after 10:00 a.m. will be mailed the next business day.

Copies are $1.00 per page plus an additional $5.00 for certification of each document, if requested.

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

Determining if you have the right to file a lien in Lubbock County, Texas can be complicated. Texas has one of the most complex lien laws in the U.S. and filing a lien in Lubbock 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 Lubbock County, Texas?

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

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