Fees for Recording a Document

Schedule of Fees

 NOTICE: Recording fees are increasing as follows:

$2.50 effective July 1, 2019 (HB 1923)
$2.00 effective July 28, 2019 (HB 2015)

The passage of two bills in the 2019 legislative session has resulted in an increase to Recording fees statewide.

HB 1923 - Growth Management Planning and Environmental Review Surcharge

HB 2015 - Washington State Library-Archives Building Surcharge

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.

Fees Effective July 28, 2019

Recording Schedule of Fees

Distribution of Fees - July 28, 2019

Standard Document

Deed of Trust

Surveys and Maps

Government Liens


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.