Definitions

Page

A page is 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches or less.  Flaps attached to a page must be attached on at least two sides.  Anything under the flap will not be recorded.  If any part of the instrument is less than 8 1/2 by 11 inches, place it on an 8 1/2 by 11 or 14 inch piece of white paper.  If a 3 1/4 inch by 3 1/4 inch space measured from the top right hand side of the first page is not available for the recording information, you will be charged for an additional page.

Transaction
  • Any recordable instrument title.
  • Each instrument shall have at least one instrument title (transaction).  Each additional transaction will be charged a multiple transaction fee.
  • If additional transactions are found within the instrument and are not included as part of the instrument title, a non-standard instrument fee will be charged in addition to all other fees.
  • Each transaction will be indexed in the same manner as if recorded as a separate instrument.
County Assessment and Taxation Fund
& Oregon Land Information System Fund

Fee assessed on all instruments, except if involving a Federal agency.  It is collected for the State Department of Revenue and a portion of the revenue is returned to Washington County for use in the reappraisal and cartography programs.

Land Corner Preservation Account

Fee assessed at time of recording on all deeds, mortgages, trust deeds, mortgage assignments, powers of attorney or any other instrument recorded in the deed, mortgage or lien records.  This fee is only charged once per instrument.  It is collected for the County Surveyor to be used to re-monument government corners.

Transfer Tax
Transfer tax is the tax imposed by Washington County on each transfer of real property located within the County.  "Transfer of real property" means and includes every grant, sale, exchange, assignment, quitclaim, contract for sale, or other conveyance of ownership in title to real property.  The tax is one dollar per thousand dollars (or fraction thereof) of the selling price.  Liability for the tax shall attach upon every purchaser and seller.
 
Oregon Housing Alliance Act
A State law designed to promote affordable home ownership and fight homelessness in Oregon.  To fund the programs under the Act, the law mandates that counties collect this fee for most documents beginning January 1, 2014.  See Requirements for Standard Recording for more information.