Municipal Lien Certificates

Obtaining a Certificate

A written request identifying the property address and Parcel ID (Map, Block and Lot) of the requested MLC along with a self-addressed postage paid return envelope and a check made payable to the “City of Woburn” should be sent to:

City of Woburn
Collector’s Office
10 Common St.
Woburn, MA 01801

PLEASE NOTE: The City of Woburn has accepted the provisions of Mass. General Laws (M.G.L.) Chapter 60, Section 23B. Effective  July 1, 2014, the Municipal Lien Certificate fee schedule will change to the following fee schedule below:

Municipal Lien Certificate Fee Schedule

Municipal Lien Certificate Fee
Land, Single, Two and Three Family $25
Four or more Family $100
Mixed use, Public Utility, Commercial and Industrial $150

Mass General Law Chapter 60 Section 23

The collector of taxes for any city, or for any town having more than five thousand inhabitants, as determined by the last preceding national or state census, shall, on written application by any person, and within ten days thereafter, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays furnish to such applicant a certificate of all taxes and other assessments, including water rates and charges and other charges due.

The Treasurer’s office upon written request, including a self addressed stamped envelope and payment of the fee will provide a Municipal Lien Certificate for properties located within the city. Our office cannot provide verbal tax information.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Municipal Lien?

The average turnaround time for a municipal lien request is 48-72 hours from the receipt of the request and payment. However during periods of heavy volume it could be slightly longer.

How Current is the Data?

The Treasurer’s office post receipts daily and municipal lien certificates are calculated to the day they are printed.

What if My Closing Date is Postponed?

The municipal lien certificate includes per diem data for all outstanding amounts.