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An Act Concerning Real Estate Filings and The Preservation Of Historic Documents

On May 26, 2000, Governor John G. Rowland signed PA 00-146, "An Act Concerning Real Estate Filings And The Preservation of Historic Documents" into law. Section 1(d) as amended by P.A. 00-1 Sec. 25 (June Special Session) made a technical change to this legislation further clarifying which provisions are subject to the provisions of this law.

This is a significant piece of legislation that will enhance our ability to preserve the historical documents of the State of Connecticut and its municipalities.

This legislation imposes a fee of three dollars to be paid for all documents recorded on the land records. The town clerk is responsible for collecting the fees. One dollar is retained by the town for the preservation of historical documents, as specified in the legislation. The remaining two dollars is forwarded to the State Library for the Historic Documents Preservation Account. The program that is established by this fund is administered by the Connecticut State Library Office of the Public Records Administrator.

The office has prepared a Fact Sheet briefly outlining the provisions of this public act and a form called the Historic Documents Preservation Account Monthly Report (36.5kb) to be used when submitting fees collected in accordance with this Public Act. (This file is provided as a Microsoft Word document. If you can not access it, please email the webmaster for an alternate version.)

Historic Documents Preservation Application and Guidelines are now available.