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Monument Fee Collection

Titles, Deeds, Transfer Tax and Recorded Documents

Effective January 1, 2011

Important Notice

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Government Code section 27585 authorizes the Survey Monument Fee, in order to finance the Survey Monument Preservation Fund to pay the necessary expenses incurred or authorized by the county surveyor in any retracement or remonument survey of major historical land division lines upon which later surveys are based (Government Code section 27584). The County Surveyor administers the fund.

Monument Fee Collection Procedures 

The fee is $10.00 and will apply to Grant Deeds. It does not include:
Quit Claim Deed
Tax Deed Reconveyance
Deed Decree of Distribution
Judgment of Partition
Deed of Trust Easement Deed
Deed changing vesting (ie: community property to joint tenancy, or to your own trust)
Correction Deed Re-Recorded Deed
Exceptions to the Fee Include:
Grant Deeds conveying lots created by recorded tract (subdivision) map
Grant Deed conveying real property from any public agency
Grant Deed conveying real property to any public agency
The only exempt legal descriptions are a reference to a full parcel created by a recorded Subdivision/Tract map or reference to a condominium unit
Examples of legal description that are NOT exempt:
Parcel created by a recorded Record of Survey Map
Parcel created by a recorded Parcel Map
Portion of a parcel created by a recorded Subdivision Map (including exceptions from described parcels)
U. S. Government Survey (Township & Range)
Metes and Bounds
Street address
Omnibus description (ie: all property located in Sonoma County)
Generic description (ie: the Norton Ranch)
NOTE: In the absence of a clear description the Recorder's Office will assume that a fee is due.
Example: "Lot 4 on Recorded Map 143 at Page 37, Sonoma County Records"