Because municipal lien searches involve researching information that may not be on public record, searches can take a considerable amount of time to complete. To avoid delays in the fast-paced world of real estate deals where deadlines are crucial, it is highly recommended that a municipal lien search is one of the absolute first things requested after the seller accepts the buyer's offer.
Municipal lien searches should be requested through JustFOIA. The City Clerk's office collaborates with other city departments to fulfill requests.
Please allow 7 to 10 business days for completion.
Requests should be as specific as possible, and you may communicate an impending closing date, but no guarantee can be offered that your search will be completed by the date you request.
The City's GIS Mapping Application is available to the public and is a great resource for confirming if the property to be searched is within the City of Fort Walton Beach.