Recording Info

Fees

Recording fees are now the same whether you own Recorded Land or Registered Land. Most property is Recorded Land. If the document you wish to record refers to a “Book and Page” number, you probably have Recorded Land. If your document refers to a “Certificate of Title” number, you probably have Registered Land.

Community Preservation Act Fee Increase

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fiscal Year 2020 budget included a provision aimed at increasing funds available to towns and cities through the Community Preservation Act (CPA). The budget signed by Governor Baker included the following language amending sections of the M.G.L. and increasing the fees collected at the registries of deeds for the CPA.

  • “SECTION 29. Section 8 of chapter 44B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 3, 8 and 23, the figure “$20” and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following figure:- $50.”
  • “SECTION 30. Said section 8 of said chapter 44B, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in lines 10, 14 and 24, the figure “$10” and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following figure:- $25.”

The current and new fee schedules are shown in the table below.

Document Outgoing Fee New Fee (as of 12/31/19)
Declaration of Homestead $35 $35 (unchanged)
Declaration of Trust $225 $255
Deed $125 $155
Mortgage $175 $205
Mortgage Foreclosure Deed & Affidavit $125 $155
Mortgage Discharge, Release or Partial Release $75 $105
Municipal Lien Certificate $65 $80
UCC Documents (up to 2 debtors) $45 $80
Federal Tax Liens (and related documents) $5 $5 (unchanged)
Plans (per sheet) $75 $105
All other documents $75 $105
Certified Copies (per page) $1 $1 (unchanged)

Fees include all applicable surcharges.

Only Cash or Check Accepted. Please make checks payable to Northern Essex Registry of Deeds OR Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Excise Calculator

The effective tax rate is $4.56 per $1000 or fraction thereof of taxable value. There is no excise tax due where the consideration stated is less than $100.00.

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