Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Skagit County

Where is the Skagit County Recorder's Office that files mechanic liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person or through eRecording.

In Person

You can bring your documents to the Skagit County Auditor’s Office located at:

700 S. Second Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For any questions you may have, you can contact them at:

Phone: 360-416-1704
Fax: 360-416-1698
E-mail: screcording@co.skagit.wa.us

By eRecording

You may optionally use one of the contracted third party e-recording providers listed below:

eRecording Partners Network

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sales@erecordingpartners.net
Phone: 888-325-3365

CSC Erecording Solutions
https://www.erecording.com/
Phone: 866-652-0111

Simplifile
https://simplifile.com/
Phone: 800-460-5657

Only these e-Recording companies may submit documents on your behalf to the Skagit County Auditors Office.

All regular formatting requirements apply to e-recording documents.

Contracted vendors handle payments for e-recorded documents.

What is Skagit County's Recording Backlog?

The Skagit County Auditor’s Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Skagit County?

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

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

The Skagit County Auditor’s recording requirements are as follows:

The maximum page size is 8.5″ by 14″. If your document is oversize you will need to reduce the original to fit on 8.5″ by 14″ or use multiple 8.5″ by 14″ pages.

The font size must be 8 point type or larger. Smaller than that is very difficult to read and does not image or reproduce easily.

The paper must be of a weight and color capable of producing legible images. Watermarks in the body of documents produce unreadable images and are being returned for reformatting. Highlighting also causes problems: when documents have been highlighted in certain colors, the highlighted words are obliterated when scanned, copied, or filmed.

The first page of the document must have a three-inch margin at the top and a one-inch margin on the sides and bottom. Each additional page of the same document must have one-inch margins on all sides.

The document’s first page must include the following key information:

1. Return address on left side (may be within the three-inch top margin)
2. Document title or titles
3. Reference numbers of document assigned or released (if applicable)
4. Names of the grantors and grantees with reference to pages where additional names can be found
5. Entire or abbreviated legal description
6. Assessor’s property tax parcel number or account number

No additional addresses, bar codes, company logos, hole punches, line numbers, order numbers, page numbers, tracking numbers, headers, footers, notary or other seals, signatures, initials, etc., may be placed in any margin. You may place this information on the document, but keep it out of the required margins.

There is no penalty fee included in this legislation for documents that do not comply with margin requirements. Documents that do not comply will be returned for reformatting.

A coversheet is only required if the first page of the document does not include the required information listed above and a three-inch top margin. When a coversheet is used to fulfill the three-inch top margin and indexing information requirements, all other requirements must still be met or the document will be returned for compliance. When a coversheet is used, a one dollar charge will be added to the recording fee for the additional page on the document.

If using a coversheet, the title(s) on the coversheet must be the same as the title(s) on the document.

No attachments may be affixed to documents presented for recording. For purposes of this standard, “attachments” refers to notary seals, sticky notes, or other items stapled, taped, etc., to the face of a document.

If a document has not historically included a legal description, this standard does not require customers to add one. If a legal description does appear on the document or coversheet, the Assessor’s Tax Parcel Identification Number must also appear on the first page.

If your entire legal description is on the first page, there is no need or requirement to also abbreviate it on the first page. In cases where the entire legal does not appear on the first page, it must be abbreviated and placed on the first page of the document or coversheet with a reference to the location of the complete legal description.

A Tax Parcel ID Number must appear on the first page of the document/coversheet if a legal description is included in the document. If there are too many numbers to fit on the first page, you must put what will fit and a reference to the page of the document where the remainder are located. Contact the Skagit County Assessor’s Office if you need help locating the number. If the parcel number has not yet been assigned, put “Not Yet Assigned” in the space for parcel number. If a parcel number is on the document, the legal description must also be included.

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

The maximum page size is 8.5″ by 14″. If your document is oversize you will need to reduce the original to fit on 8.5″ by 14″ or use multiple 8.5″ by 14″ pages.

The first page of the document must have a three-inch margin at the top and a one-inch margin on the sides and bottom. Each additional page of the same document must have one-inch margins on all sides. Return address on left side may be within the three-inch top margin.

How can I make payment to the Skagit County Recorder's Office?

The Skagit County Auditor’s Office accepts payment in the form of cash or check only.

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

The Skagit County Auditor’s recording fee is $103.50 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Non-Standard Charge: $50.00

Lien Fees

State, County, City Liens & Releases: $39.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.

Federal Tax Lien or Release of Federal Tax Lien: $16.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page

Copy Fees

Copies: $1.00 per page
Certified copy: $3.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from the Skagit County Recorder's Office?

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person at the Skagit County Auditor’s Office located at:

700 S. Second Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Phone: 360-416-1704
Fax: 360-416-1698
E-mail: screcording@co.skagit.wa.us

You can also search Skagit County’s recorded documents online at:

Documents recorded from 1942 to 1976

https://www.skagitcounty.net/Search/Recording/HistoricSearch.aspx

Documents recorded from 1973 to present

https://www.skagitcounty.net/Search/Recording/

Copies may be printed as unofficial documents from the website or as official documents from the Auditor’s Office. To request official copies you can contact the Recording Division at 360-416-1704 or screcording@co.skagit.wa.u

Copy fees are as follows:

Copies: $1.00 per page
Certified copy: $3.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page

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