Assessor - Recorder - County Clerk

The Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk’s primary responsibilities, as governed by law, pertain to the preparation of the assessment roll, including, but not limited to, all locally assessable real, business and personal property within the County; the recordation, maintenance and preservation of official, vital and historic records; and the processing of oaths of office, marriage licenses, performance of civil ceremonies and the issuance and registration of a variety of legal documents.


To produce fair and uniform valuations of all assessable property and preserve and protect our historic and contemporary records and filings related to people, businesses, and property, as mandated by law, while providing excellent customer service.

FY 2023-2024 Continuous Improvement Focus

Externally Focused Initiative
Restrictive covenants that prohibited some from purchasing, leasing, or occupying properties because of their race, nationality, or religion is a piece of local history that remains in many recorded documents today. While racially restrictive covenants are now illegal, many property owners throughout Marin live in homes that still have discriminatory covenants referenced in their properties’ title reports. California Assembly Bill 1466 (2021), effective July 1, 2022, requires county recorders to take a proactive approach by locating documents that contain discriminatory restrictions. Recorders are then required to record modifications that clarify these restrictions have been void since their creation.
ARCC’s Restrictive Covenant Team has reviewed some 5,800 recorded documents in its search for illegal language and mapped those parcels with the assistance of the County’s Information Services and Technology (IST) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists. The team has so far identified 8,000 parcels for which deed modifications are necessary, completing nearly 3,500 thus far.
What does Success Look Like?
Elimination of illegal racially restrictive and discriminatory covenants from Marin County homeowner title reports will represent a proactive approach toward ensuring that such restrictions have been void since their creation. Continuing publication of parcel data on the Restrictive Covenant Project website will serve as a way to bring awareness to this history so that the community can work towards a more equitable housing market.


Shelly Scott, Assessor - Recorder - County Clerk
Shelly Scott is the Marin County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk. Born and raised in Marin, she has more than 35 years of service with the County of Marin.  Shelly began her career with the Marin County Municipal & Superior Court/County Clerk and has spent over 30 years in the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk’s Office. 
 As the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk, Shelly oversees the valuation of taxable real and business personal property; the recording and maintenance of documents regarding property ownership, births, deaths and marriages; the performance of civil ceremonies; and the processing of marriage licenses, fictitious business names and other legal documents.  Additionally, Shelly is an ardent promoter of education, having served as a trustee for the Novato Unified School District for nine years.
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