Surplus Property

Columbia County takes title to tax foreclosure properties in October or November each year.

Tax foreclosed properties are administered in accordance with County Policies and Procedures dated October 12, 2016.

The County’s surplus property inventory identifies properties that can be purchased from the county. If the property is worth more than $15,000 or is a buildable lot, it will be sold at a Sheriff’s sale. If a property is worth less than $15,000 and is not buildable, the County can dispose of it through a publicly noticed private sale. Properties offered at a Sheriff’s sale that receive no bids can also be sold through a private sale. The next Sheriff’s sale is not currently scheduled.

If you are interested in a tax foreclosed/surplus property

Tax foreclosure property sale proceeds are distributed in accordance with ORS 275.275 (Distribution of Proceeds).

Note: Please do not attempt to contact county staff with inquiries directly unless special circumstances justify a direct contact (e.g. the circumstances associated with a foreclosed property are causing harm to your property).

Inquiries will be filed and processed in accordance with the revised sales procedures.

General Information
Phone Numbers
Fax: 503-397-7243
Emergencies: Dial 911
230 Strand St.
County Courthouse Room 338
St. Helens,

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.