Fees for recording documents are collected by the Cowlitz County Auditor, at the time of recording. Fees are distributed between various local and state agencies, as set by state statute, in RCW 36.22. We are required to collect full fees at the time of recording. If a document is submitted without full payment, we are required to send it back and request that it be submitted with the correct fee. In these cases, we will notify you of the fee we expect to be submitted.
Due to the recent passage of House Bill 1474, the standard recording fee will increase $100 for most recordings, effective January 1, 2024. Documents already exempt from the housing surcharges will not be subject to this increase.
Fees for recording a document vary depending on the document type. The fee information listed is believed to be accurate at the time of posting. The Cowlitz County Auditor's Office does not attest to the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any fee information and shall not be liable for any losses caused by such reliance on the information provided. Any person or entity relying on information obtained from the website does so at his or her own risk.
To request exact fees for a specific document, you may email the document to the Recording team in the Auditor's Office.