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Sierra County, California

Recorder Offices


County Clerk-Recorder

100 Courthouse Sq, Rm 11 / PO Drawer D, Downieville, California 95936

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 & 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (530) 289-3295


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California - Sierra County Recorder Information

The Assessor-Clerk-Recorder is responsible for maintaining records for real property located in Sierra County.

Recording Fees

To record a standard document, the fee is $14 for the first page and $3 for each additional page.

A non-conforming document (larger or smaller than 8.5 x 11) is an additional $3 per page.

To index more than 10 names, the fee is $1 for each group of names over 10.
Each additional reference indexed is $1.

Combined (or multi-titled) documents are $14 for each title.

$20 - Penalty for missing Preliminary Change of Ownership Report

The documentary transfer tax is $0.55 per $500 of value of the property transferred. If the document is exempt from transfer taxes, a statement and/or appropriate Revenue and Taxation Code should be stated on the face of the exempt document.

County recording fees are subject to change without notice. For the most current fees and further information, contact the local recorder directly.

On January 1, 2018, California Senate Bill 2, a.k.a., the "Building Homes and Jobs Act," goes into effect and may increase recording fees for real estate instruments. The fee will address homelessness and housing shortages, and help to increase the rate of home ownership within the State by creating a Building Homes and Jobs Trust Fund to which the additional fee will be remitted.

Upon taking effect, the recorder's office will impose a fee of $75.00 to be paid when recording every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, per each single transaction per single parcel of real property, not to exceed $225.00.

Transfers subject to the documentary transfer tax as defined in Section 11911 of the Revenue and Taxation Code or on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier are exempt from this fee.

If you have any questions about how the Building Homes and Jobs Act affects your recording fees, please speak with a clerk with the Recorder's Office or a licensed attorney within the state.

Document Formatting Requirements

* Submit an original document that has been signed and acknowledged in front of a notary public. A California all-purpose acknowledgment is needed for real property documents.

* The entire document must be sufficiently legible to produce a readable photographic copy. Black ink with a font size of at least 10 point should be used to ensure legibility and to avoid penalty print charges. Printing should be single-sided.

* Documents should be on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper.

* On the first page, provide a 2.5 inch top margin. The left 3.5 inches of this space should include the name of the party requesting the recording, as well as a return address where the document should be returned after recording.

* Side margins should be at least 1/2 an inch. Top and bottom margins should be a minimum of 1 inch.

* Directly below the 2.5 inch top margin on the first page, the title of the document should be given. The recorder is required to index only the title (or titles) listed in this space. Additional titles may be identified and indexed at the discretion of the recorder.

* Corresponding names should be typed or written beneath signatures.

* Across the bottom of the first page, include the name and return address of the person or entity to where future tax statements should be mailed.

* A document that modifies, cancels, or releases the provisions of a previous document of record requires a recording reference.

* If an entire instrument or part of an instrument is in a language other than English, it will not be accepted unless it is accompanied by an English translation. The translation must be performed by a certified or registered court interpreter or by an accredited translator registered with the American Translators Association. The translation must be accompanied by a notarized declaration.

* If the document effects or evidences a transfer or encumbrance of an interest in real property, the name or names in which the interest appears of record, shall show the name(s) of the assessed owners as they appear on the latest secured assessment roll.

* If the document releases or terminates any interest, right, or encumbrance, it shall contain the names of the persons and entities owning the title or interest being relieved by the document, or the names of the owners of that title or interest as they appeared at the time and in the document creating the right, interest, or encumbrance.

The recording act in California is a race-notice act. Documents are recorded in the order in which they are presented. Recording gives constructive notice to subsequent purchasers.

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