Recent passage of House Bill 1277 during the 2021 legislative session adds a $100 surcharge to all recording fees statewide. This increase will be reflected in the total amount due when removing land from classification as Designated Forest Land (RCW 84.33) and Open Space Farm & Agriculture (RCW 84.34). The current recording fee for a Notice of Removal (four pages) is $106.50; after July 25th, the recording fee for a four-page document will be $206.50.
It is likely that this increase will also be reflected in the fees collected upon application for classification as Designated Forest Land and Open Space Farm & Agriculture. Statute requires us to record the Notice of Approval, therefore the increased cost of recording must be considered. This decision will be made at an upcoming public meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, date still to be determined.
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