The California Legislature passed SB2 (Atkins) on September 29, 2017, stipulating that effective January 1, 2018, certain recordable documents will be charged an additional fee to support the Building Homes & Jobs Act.

This change requires County Recorders throughout California to charge an additional $75 fee at the time of recording every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, except those expressly exempted from payment of recording fees.

A declaration of exemption specifying the reason for the exemption from the fee must be placed on the face of each document, or on a coversheet to be recorded with the document, prior to submitting to the Recorder.  This sample SB2 Exemption Coversheet can be used for claimed exemptions from the $75 SB2 fee. Declarations of exemption are subject to review.



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Last updated: 4/18/18