Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Washington County

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

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

100 East Main Street
Brenham, TX 77833

Phone: 979-277-6200
Fax: 979-277-6278

Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (open through the lunch hour)
Monday through Friday (except for County holidays)

You can also mail your documents with the correct filing fee to:

Washington County Clerk
100 East Main Street
Suite 102, Brenham, TX 77833

What is Washington County's Recording Backlog?

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

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

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

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

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

1. Document must be original.

2. Documents must be properly notarized or certified by recording office in another county or state or country.

3. Documents must include any requirements as set out in Texas Statute.

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

The margin requirements for filing a lien in Washington County are 2 inch margins at the top of the first page with .5 margins on all other sides. All other pages must have .5 inch margins on all sides. Your lien claim should be filed on Letter size 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Not following these margin and paper size requirements may invalidate your lien claim.

How can I make payment to the Washington County Recorder?

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

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

The Washington 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 per name to be indexed after five names

Copy Fees
Copy of Official Records: $1.00 per page
Certified Copies: $1.00 per page plus $5.00 for certification, per document

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

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

100 East Main Street
Brenham, TX 77833

Phone: 979-277-6200
Fax: 979-277-6278

Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (open through the lunch hour)
Monday through Friday (except for County holidays)

You can also search Washington County’s Official Public Records online at http://www.edoctecinc.com/

Records available online are 1949 – present and 1836-1870.

Land records from 1870 – 1949 are available for viewing in the County Clerk’s office.

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

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

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

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 Washington County, Texas?

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

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