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Washington - Snohomish County Recorder Information

The Recording Department of the County Auditor is responsible for recording and maintaining real property records in Snohomish County.

Recording Fees

Recording Fees
Standard Recorded Document (see exceptions for specific document types below)$74.00
Each additional page or side, legal size or smaller $1.00
Each additional title or reference number $74.00

Exceptions:
Deed of Trust $75.00
Each additional page or side, legal size or smaller $1.00

Assignment Deed of Trust; Substitution or Appointment of Trustee; Resignation and Appointment of Successor Trustee $16.00
Each additional page or side, legal size or smaller $1.00
Each additional title or reference number $16.00

State, County, City Lien or Release or Sewer District, Water District, Water Sewer District Lien or Release for Delinquent Utility Payments $34.00
Each additional page or side, legal size or smaller $1.00

Birth, Death or Out-of-County Marriage Certificate, Divorce Record or Dissolution $34.00
Each additional page or side, legal size or smaller $1.00

Boundary Line Adjustment; Amendment to Survey, Plat or Condominium; or Short Plat -- Filed with Planning and Development Services prior to January 1, 1991 (RCW 58.24.070/WAC 332-150-030) $138.00
Each additional page or side, legal size or smaller $1.00

Plat, Short Plat, Condominium, Binding Site Plan, Amendment (18" x 24") $158.00
For each plat or lot over 50 - $0.50
For each condominium unit over 50 - $0.50
For each cemetery lot over 100 - $0.25
For each additional acknowledgement, dedication and description $1.00
Map return fee $3.50

Survey or Amendment To Survey (18" x 24") $158.00
Each additional page $5.00
Each additional owner's name (Snohomish County Code Ch 4.32.010) $1.00
Map return fee $3.50

Emergency Non-Standard Fees
Documents that do not meet the margin requirements may be recorded with an "Emergency Non-Standard" cover sheet. These fees are in addition to regular recording fees.
Emergency Non-Standard fee $50.00
Emergency Non-Standard cover sheet $1.00

Copy Fees:
Copy of Recorded Documents, each page $1.00
Label indicating a Conformed Copy, per label $1.00
Copy of Recorded Map, first page $5.00
Each additional page of the same survey or plat $3.00
Copy of a Filed Document (i.e. elected official/candidate financial reports, oath of office), each page $0.25
Certification of a Copy of a Recorded or Filed Document or Map, each document $2.00

Document Formatting Requirements

* Documents should not be larger than 8.5x14 inches, with a minimum font size of 8-point. 8.5x11 inch paper can also be used.

* On the first page of a document, include a top margin of at least 3 inches, and a 1 inch margin on the bottom and the sides. On all subsequent pages, all margins should be at least 1 inch. An instrument may be recorded if a slight portion of a notary seal or incidental writing extends beyond the margins.

* The top left-hand side of the first page should contain return address information.

* Immediately below the 3 inch margin at the top of the first page, there should be a document title that indicates the type of document.

* The auditor or recording officer is required to index only the titles appearing on the documents.

* If applicable, reference numbers of documents assigned or released with reference to the page number where additional references can be found.

* The name(s) of the grantor(s) and grantee(s) should appear on the first page, with reference to the page number where additional names appear within the document, if applicable.

* Include an abbreviated legal description of the real property on the first page. An abbreviated legal description of the property should contain lot, block, plat, or section, township, range, and quarter/quarter section, as well as the reference to the page containing the complete legal description, if applicable.

* Set apart from the legal description and other text on the document, the assessor's property tax parcel or account number, should be included.

* No attachments, other than firmly attached bar codes or address labels, can be affixed to the document.

* If the first page does not meet the margin requirements or the indexing standards, a separate cover sheet will be attached.

A document can be submitted to be recorded with an "emergency clause." If doing so, the following statement should be used on the cover page or first page: "I am requesting an emergency nonstandard recording for an additional fee as provided in RCW 36.18.010. I understand that the recording processing requirements may cover up or otherwise obscure some part of the text of the original document."

No instrument of sale or conveyance evidencing a sale subject to the tax shall be accepted by the county auditor for filing or recording until the tax shall have been paid and the verification of payment affixed thereto; in case the tax is not due on the transfer, the instrument shall not be so accepted until suitable notation of such fact has been made on the instrument by the treasurer.