California 20 Day Preliminary Notice Form

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About California 20 Day Preliminary Notice Form

In order to preserve their right to file a mechanics lien in California, contractors, material suppliers and design professionals must send a preliminary notice (also known in California as a 20 Day Preliminary Notice).

The notice must be sent within 20 days of first providing work or materials to a construction or renovation project. If you are past the 20 day period, you can still send notice, but it will only preserve lien rights for the work or materials delivered after the notice is served, and for the 20 days preceding the service of the notice.

Fill out the form on the right to download your free California 20 Day Preliminary Notice Form template that can be filled out with a PDF editor or by hand after printing. Use this template to protect your lien rights on a job in the state of California.

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California County Recorders

Looking to file/record a mechanics lien in California? You'll need to get your California mechanics lien filed and recorded with the county recorder in the county where the construction project is located. Here is a listing of all county recorders in California. Click on any county to find more information about how to get your lien recorded in that county.

Alameda
Alameda County Recorder
1106 Madison St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 272-6362, press 5 then 0

Alpine
Alpine County Recorder
99 Water Street
Markleeville, CA 96120
530-694-2283

Amador
Amador County Recorder
810 Court Street
Jackson, CA 95642
209-223-6468

Butte
Butte County Clerk-Recorder
155 Nelson Ave
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-7691

Calaveras
Calaveras County Clerk / Recorder
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
209-754-6372

Colusa
County Clerk Recorder
546 Jay St. Ste. 200 95932
Colusa, CA 95932
(530) 458-0500

Contra Costa
Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder
555 Escobar Street Recording Section
Martinez, CA 94553
925-335-7900

Del Norte
Del Norte County Clerk-Recorder
981 H Street, Suite 160
Crescent City, CA 95531
707-464-7216

El Dorado
El Dorado County Recorder Clerk
360 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667
530-621-5490

Fresno
Fresno County Recorder
Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare Street, Room 302
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 600-3471

Glenn
Glenn County Recorder
516 West Sycamore Street, Second Floor
Willows, CA 95988
530-934-6412

Humboldt
Humboldt County Clerk Recorder
825 5th Street, Fifth Floor
Eureka, CA 95501
707-445-7593

Imperial
Imperial County Clerk / Recorder
940 W. Main Street, Suite 202
El Centro, CA 92243-2839
(442) 265-1076

Inyo
Inyo County Recorder
168 N Edwards St
Independence, CA 93526
760-878-0222

Kern
Kern County Recorder
1530 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
661-868-6400

Kings
Kings County Clerk-Recorder
1400 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230
559-582-3211 Ext. 2470

Lake
Lake County Assessor-Recorder
255 North Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
707-263-2293

Lassen
Lassen County Recorder
220 South Lassen Street, Suite 5
Susanville, CA 96130
530-251-8234

Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Recorder
12400 Imperial Hwy.
Norwalk, CA 90650
(202) 555-5555

Madera
Madera County Recorder
200 West 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
559-675-7724

Marin
Marin County Recorders Office
3501 Civic Center Drive, Ste 232
San Rafael, CA 94903-9491
(415) 499-6092

Mariposa
Mariposa County Recorder
4982 10th St.
Mariposa, CA 95338
209-966-2332

Mendocino
Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder
501 Low Gap Rd., Room 1020
Ukiah, CA 95482
707-463-4376

Merced
Merced County Recorder
2222 M. St., Main Floor
Merced, CA 95340
209-385-7627

Modoc
Modoc County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk-Elections
204 South Court Street, Basement
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-6205

Mono
Mono County Clerk-Recorder
Annex I, 74 School St.
Bridgeport, CA 93517
760-932-5530

Monterey
Monterey County recorder
1st floor, 168 West Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-5041

Napa
Napa County Recorder
1127 1st Street, Suite A
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-4105

Nevada
Nevada County Recorder
950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 210
Nevada City, CA 95959
530-265-1221

Orange
Orange County Clerk-Recorder
601 N. Ross St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 834-2887

Placer
Placer County Recorder
2954 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA 95603
530-886-5600

Plumas
Plumas County Recorder
520 Main Street, Room 102
Quincy, CA 95971
530-283-6218

Riverside
Riverside County Clerk
2724 Gateway Dr
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 486-7000

Sacramento
Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder
600 8th St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 874-6334

San Benito
San Benito County Recorder
440 Fifth Street
Hollister, CA 95023
831-636-4046

San Bernardino
San Bernardino County Recorder
222 West Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0022
(909) 387-8306

San Diego
San Diego County Recorder
590 Third Ave, Rm 204
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 238-8158

San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 190
San Francisco, CA 94102-4698
Phone: (415) 554-5596

San Joaquin
San Joaquin County Recorder
44 N San Joaquin Street, Suite 260
Stockton, CA 95202
209-468-3939

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder
1055 Monterey Street D-120
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
805-781-5080

San Mateo
San Mateo County Recorder
555 County Center; Recording office
Redwood City, CA 94063
650.363.4500

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder
1100 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-568-2250

Santa Clara
Clerk Recorder
70 West Hedding Street, East Wing, First Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 299-5688

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz County Recorder
701 Ocean Street Room 230
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-454-2800

Shasta
Shasta County Assessor Recorder
1450 Court St., Ste 208
Redding, CA 96001-1670
530-225-5671

Sierra
Sierra County Recorder
100 Courthouse Square, Suite 11
Downieville, CA 95936
530-289-3295

Siskiyou
Siskiyou County Recorder

Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 842-8065

Solano
Solano County Recorders Office
675 Texas Street, Suite 2700
Fairfield, CA 94533-6338
(707) 784-6200

Sonoma
Sonoma County Recorder
585 Fiscal Drive, Room 103
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-565-2651

Stanislaus
Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder
1021 I Street, Ste 201
Modesto, CA 95354-0847
209-525-5270

Sutter
Sutter County Recorder
433 2nd St
Yuba City, CA 95991
530-822-7134

Tehama
Tehama County Recorder
633 Washington St, Room 11
Red Bluff, CA 96080
530-527-3350

Trinity
Trinity County Recorder
11 Court St.
Weaverville, CA 96093
530-623-1215

Tulare
Tulare County Recorder
221 South Mooney Boulevard, Rm 103
Visalia, CA 93291-4593
559-636-5050

Tuolumne
Tuolumne County Recorder
2 South Green St.
Sonora, CA 95370
209-533-5531

Ventura
Ventura County Clerk & Recorder
Hall of Admin, Main Plaza 800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009
805-654-2295

Yolo
Yolo County Recorder
625 Court Street, Room B01
Woodland, CA 95776-1130
530-666-8130

Yuba
Yuba County Recorder
915 8th St., Suite 107
Marysville, CA 95901
530-749-7850

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