Recording property-related documents? That'll be $10 more, please

Beginning Sept. 1, recording a property-related document with the San Juan County auditor's office will cost you $10 more.

That's because earlier this year the Washington state Legislature passed legislation that changes the "surcharge" collected in support programs that aid the homeless.

As of today, a surcharge of $30 applies to all recorded documents, with exception of assignments or substitutions of previously recorded deeds of trust, documents recording a birth, marriage, divorce or death, or any document otherwise exempted from a recording fee under state law. The surcharge is added onto a base-fee of $32 that applies to all recorded documents.

The $10 increase, in effect Sept. 1, applies only to "documents related to real property", according to the auditor.

The total recording fee for general recorded documents will either be $32 for the first page, if the document is not related to real property, or $72, if it is. Which fee applies is based on the title, legal description or tax parcel number of a particular document. The cost of second and subsequent pages is $1 per page. For an updated fee schedule, 360-378-2161, or


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