CHAPTER 92
TOWN CLERKS

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Sec. 7-34a. Fees.

      Sec. 7-34a. Fees. (a) Town clerks shall receive, for recording any document, ten dollars for the first page and five dollars for each subsequent page or fractional part thereof, a page being not more than eight and one-half by fourteen inches. Town clerks shall receive, for recording the information contained in a certificate of registration for the practice of any of the healing arts, five dollars. Town clerks shall receive, for recording documents conforming to, or substantially similar to, section 47-36c, which are clearly entitled "statutory form" in the heading of such documents, as follows: For the first page of a warranty deed, a quitclaim deed, a mortgage deed, or an assignment of mortgage, ten dollars; for each additional page of such documents, five dollars; and for each marginal notation of an assignment of mortgage, subsequent to the first two assignments, one dollar. Town clerks shall receive, for recording any document with respect to which certain data must be submitted by each town clerk to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management in accordance with section 10-261b, two dollars in addition to the regular recording fee. Any person who offers any written document for recording in the office of any town clerk, which document fails to have legibly typed, printed or stamped directly beneath the signatures the names of the persons who executed such document, the names of any witnesses thereto and the name of the officer before whom the same was acknowledged, shall pay one dollar in addition to the regular recording fee. Town clerks shall receive, for recording any deed, except a mortgage deed, conveying title to real estate, which deed does not contain the current mailing address of the grantee, five dollars in addition to the regular recording fee. Town clerks shall receive, for filing any document, five dollars; for receiving and keeping a survey or map, legally filed in the town clerk's office, five dollars; and for indexing such survey or map, in accordance with section 7-32, five dollars, except with respect to indexing any such survey or map pertaining to a subdivision of land as defined in section 8-18, in which event town clerks shall receive fifteen dollars for each such indexing. Town clerks shall receive, for a copy of any document either recorded or filed in their offices, one dollar for each page or fractional part thereof, as the case may be; for certifying any copy of the same, two dollars; for making a copy of any survey or map, the actual cost thereof; and for certifying such copy of a survey or map, two dollars. Town clerks shall receive, for recording the commission and oath of a notary public, ten dollars; and for certifying under seal to the official character of a notary, two dollars.

      (b) The fees set forth in subsection (a) of this section received by town clerks for recording documents include therein payment for the return of each document which shall be made by the town clerk to the designated addressee.

      (c) Compensation for all services other than those enumerated in subsection (a) of this section which town clerks are required by the general statutes to perform and for which compensation is not fixed by statute shall be fixed and paid by the selectmen or other governing body of the town or city in which such services are performed.

      (d) In addition to the fees for recording a document under subsection (a) of this section, town clerks shall receive a fee of three dollars for each document recorded in the land records of the municipality. Not later than the fifteenth day of each month, town clerks shall remit two-thirds of the fees paid pursuant to this subsection during the previous calendar month to the State Librarian for deposit in a bank account of the State Treasurer and crediting to the historic documents preservation account established under section 11-8i. One-third of the amount paid for fees pursuant to this subsection shall be retained by town clerks and used for the preservation and management of historic documents. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any document recorded on the land records by an employee of the state or of a municipality in conjunction with said employee's official duties. As used in this section "municipality" includes each town, consolidated town and city, city, consolidated town and borough, borough, district, as defined in chapter 105 or chapter 105a, and each municipal board, commission and taxing district not previously mentioned.

      (e) In addition to the fees for recording a document under subsection (a) of this section, town clerks shall receive a fee of forty dollars for each document recorded in the land records of the municipality. The town clerk shall retain one dollar of any fee paid pursuant to this subsection and three dollars of such fee shall become part of the general revenue of the municipality and be used to pay for local capital improvement projects, as defined in section 7-536. Not later than the fifteenth day of each month, town clerks shall remit thirty-six dollars of the fees paid pursuant to this subsection during the previous calendar month to the State Treasurer. Upon deposit in the General Fund, such amount shall be credited to the community investment account established pursuant to section 4-66aa. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any document recorded on the land records by an employee of the state or of a municipality in conjunction with such employee's official duties. As used in this subsection, "municipality" includes each town, consolidated town and city, city, consolidated town and borough, borough, and district, as defined in chapter 105 or 105a, any municipal corporation or department thereof created by a special act of the General Assembly, and each municipal board, commission and taxing district not previously mentioned.

      (1963, P.A. 528, S. 1, 2; 1971, P.A. 286; 1972, P.A. 150; P.A. 74-56; P.A. 75-154; P.A. 76-271, S. 1; P.A. 77-478, S. 4, 5; 77-614, S. 139, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 81-34, S. 8, 9; P.A. 82-323, S. 1; P.A. 85-60; 85-257; 85-385, S. 1; P.A. 89-217, S. 1, 6; P.A. 90-175, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-389, S. 2, 7; P.A. 00-92, S. 2; 00-146, S. 1, 8; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-1, S. 25, 46; P.A. 01-79, S. 2; P.A. 05-228, S. 5; 05-288, S. 37; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 113; P.A. 06-163, S. 1; P.A. 07-133, S. 1; 07-217, S. 13; 07-252, S. 54; P.A. 09-229, S. 27; P.A. 11-48, S. 134.)

      History: 1971 act provided for $10 payment to index surveys or maps in Subsec. (a); 1972 act changed fee for indexing surveys or maps to $5, except where subdivisions concerned fee became $15; P.A. 74-56 revised fees for recording documents using page basis rather than word basis and deleted provision re additional fees for pages exceeding 10 by 16 inches; P.A. 75-154 deleted provisions covering character size and set flat fee for certifying copies rather than fee per page; P.A. 76-271 added fees for recording warranty and quitclaim deeds and assignments of mortgages; P.A. 77-478 added fee for recording documents re tax commissioner; P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 substituted commissioner of revenue services for tax commissioner, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 81-34 amended Subsec. (a) by adding a fee of $10 for recording the commission and oath of a notary public and a fee of $2 for certification of a notary, effective July 1, 1982; P.A. 82-323 increased various fees; P.A. 85-60 changed required address of grantee from last-known mailing address to current mailing address; P.A. 85-257 inserted a new Subsec. (b) providing that the fees for recording documents include payment for the return of each document to the designated addressee by the town clerk and redesignated former Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (c); P.A. 85-385 amended section to require $0.55 fee for each marginal notation of an assignment of mortgage subsequent to the first two assignments; P.A. 89-217 changed the fee for recording the first page of any document from $5 to $10 and for mortgage assignments after the first two, from $0.50 to $1; P.A. 90-175 increased recording fee for documents from $7.50 to $10 and specified that such documents be clearly titled "statutory form"; P.A. 93-389 amended Subsec. (a) to change the fee for making a copy of any document from "one dollar for the first page or two hundred words or fractional part thereof, as the case may be, and $0.50 for each additional page or two hundred words or fractional part thereof, as the case may be" to "one dollar for each page or fractional part thereof, as the case may be", effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 00-92 amended Subsec. (a) to substitute "for a copy of any document" for "for making a copy of any document"; P.A. 00-146 added new Subsec. (d) providing for an additional fee of $3 to be used for historic preservation, effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-1 amended Subsec. (d) to specify its inapplicability to document recorded on land records by a state or municipal employee in conjunction with employee's official duties and to define "municipality", effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-79 amended Subsec. (d) to require remittance of fees "to the State Librarian for deposit in a bank account of the State Treasurer and crediting to" historic documents preservation account rather than remittance "to the State Treasurer for deposit in" said account; P.A. 05-228 added new Subsec. (e) providing for an additional fee of $30 to be used for local capital improvement projects, land protection, affordable housing and historic preservation, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes in Subsec. (a), effective July 13, 2005; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 changed effective date of P.A. 05-228 to October 1, 2005, effective June 30, 2005; P.A. 06-163 amended Subsec. (e) to include municipal corporation or department thereof in definition of "municipality", effective June 6, 2006; P.A. 07-133 amended Subsec. (a) by increasing the fee for certifying a copy of a document or a survey or map from $1.00 to $2.00, effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 07-217 made technical changes in Subsec. (e), effective July 12, 2007; P.A. 07-252 amended Subsec. (a) to make technical changes and substitute "regular recording fee" for "recording fee", effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 09-229 added Subsec. (f) re additional recording fee, effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (e) to increase recording fee from $30 to $40, increase amount remitted from $26 to $36 and replace "land protection, affordable housing and historic preservation account" with "community investment account" and deleted former Subsec. (f) re additional recording fee, effective July 1, 2011.

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