Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Walla Walla County

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

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the Walla Walla County Auditor’s office located at:

Second Floor, Rm 201
315 West Main St.
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Office Hours
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday – Friday

Phone: 509-524- 2549

What is Walla Walla County's Recording Backlog?

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

Should I file my mechanics lien in Walla Walla County?

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

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

The Walla Walla County Auditor’s recording requirements are as follows pursuant to RCW 65.04.45 & 65.04.47:

The first page of each document must contain the following information:

1. First page of each document must have at least a three-inch top margin and a one-inch margin on the bottom and sides. All succeeding pages must have a 1-inch margin on all sides of each page.

2. Return address in the upper left-hand corner, within the top 3-inch margin.

3. Document title – Three inches down from the top of page to title.

4. Name of grantor and grantee, with reference to page where additional names are located.

5. Abbreviated legal description, with reference to page where legal is located.

Abbreviated legal for this purpose means either Quarter/Quarter &
Section/Township/Range OR Plat name, lot number and/or block number.

6. Reference number(s) if referencing a previously recorded document.

7. Assessor’s tax parcel number must be separated from the legal description or other text.

If required indexing information does not appear on the first page of the document, a cover sheet may be completed listing all the necessary information. Fee to record will increase by $1.00 if cover sheet is attached.

Documents that must be recorded immediately and do not meet margin and font size requirements may be recorded for an additional fee of $50.00 per RCW 65.04.048. A fully prepared cover sheet must be signed by the document preparer requesting a non-standard recording and attached to each non-complying document. The standard charge of $103.50 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page including the cover sheet with signed statement PLUS THE $50.00 fee will be due on each
document.

Documents which do not meet legibility requirements may not be recorded as a nonstandard recording.

Paper size may not exceed 8 ½” x 14”.

Text printed or written must be in eight-point type or larger and information on all pages must be legible and reproducible, including map pages.

No attachments, except firmly attached bar code or address labels, may be affixed to the pages.

Failure to meet these requirements of this statute will result in document(s) being returned without being recorded.

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

Paper size may not exceed 8 ½” x 14”.

Text printed or written must be in eight-point type or larger and information on all pages must be legible and reproducible, including map pages.

The first page of each document must have at least a three-inch top margin and a one-inch margin on the bottom and sides. All succeeding pages must have a 1-inch margin on all sides of each page.

Return address in the upper left-hand corner may be within the top 3-inch margin.

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

The Walla Walla County Auditor’s Office accepts check or money order.
Make check or money order payable to “Walla Walla County Auditor”.

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

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

Additional Recording Fees

Non-Standard Documents: $50.00 addition fee to normal recording fee

Lien Fees

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

Copy Fees

Certified Copy: $3.00 for the first page
Regular Copy: $1.00
Each Additional Page: $1.00

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

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

Second Floor, Rm 201
315 West Main St.
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Office Hours
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday – Friday

Phone: 509-524- 2549

You can also search Walla Walla County’s documents recorded since January 1, 1979 online at: http://recorder.co.walla-walla.wa.us/recorder/web/

Note that copies printed from the images provided on this site are unofficial and stamped with a watermark. Official copies can be obtained by visiting the Auditor’s office or by mail. Copies are $1.00 per page. Certified copies can be obtained for $3.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page, per document.

For mailed request, send to the following address, including in your request the Auditor’s File Number and a return address:

Walla Walla County Auditor
Recording Department
PO Box 1856
Walla Walla, WA 99362

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