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Notice of Commencement

In accordance with Section 713.13 of the Florida Statutes, a Notice of Commencement is required for the construction of, improvements to, alteration of or repair of real property. The Notice of Commencement must be recorded with Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division, or in the office of the clerk where the real property is located.

E-Recording or In-Person Recording a Notice of Commencement

  1. Complete the Notice of Commencement Form.
    • All information must be typewritten or legibly printed.
    • Lines 1, 2, 3, and 4 must always be filled in. Items 5 through 9 are completed as applicable. For lengthy legal descriptions, attach a separate page and indicate on the form that the legal description is attached.
    • If line 5 applies, a copy of the Payment Bond must be attached to the instrument when it is recorded.
    • Be sure to read the Warning to Owner. The owner (of the property) must sign on the Notice of Commencement, or the Owner’s Authorized Officer/Director/Partner/Manager.
  2. The owner or person who signed must appear with the completed form before a Notary Public, who must complete the acknowledgment portion of the form and affix his or her seal. You can get the form notarized at the offices of the Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division. The owner must appear in person, and present official photo ID, such as a current driver's license or other current government-issued photo identification, to the Notary. The fee is $10 per acknowledgement.
  3. To calculate recording fees due, count the total number of pages in the document. The fee is $10 for the first page and $8.50 for each additional page of the same document. If you require a certified copy to post on the job site, include an additional $1 for each page of the document and $2 for certification of each document. If you are unsure of the fees and wish to record your document in person, wait until you get to the recording office to complete your check. If you need the certified copy right away, you should go in person to the recording office. If you mail in your Notice of Commencement, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of your recorded documents.
  4. Make checks payable to "Board of County Commissioners."
  5. Electronically record the documents within minutes at:

    Governmental Center West (GCW)
    ***Due to COVID-19, offices are temporarily closed to the public. For more information on GCW operations, click hereor call 954-357-6716. Also refer to #6 and #7 below for a secure drop box location during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    1 N. University Drive
    Plantation, FL 33324

    Or mail to:

    Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
    ATTN: Recording Section
    Broward County Governmental Center Room 114
    115 S. Andrews Ave.
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 
  6. Deliver to a secure drop-box located in the lobby at our Fort Lauderdale location Monday to Friday from 7:30AM to 5:30PM. This drop-box remains open during COVID-19 despite offices being temporarily closed to the public.

  7. Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
    Broward County Governmental Center Room 114
    115 S. Andrews Ave.
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    Regular hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to 5PM (excluding Broward County holidays).
    ***Due to COVID-19, offices are temporarily closed to the public. The secure drop-box noted above, and online services are available. For more information, call 954-357-6716.

Terminating a Notice of Commencement

An owner may terminate the period of effectiveness of a Notice of Commencement, after completion of construction, or after construction ceases before completion and all contractors and sub-contractor’s (lienors) have been paid, by filing a Notice of Termination of Notice of Commencement.​