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Tax Land Sale

The next tax defaulted land sale has not yet been determined. 


The Treasurer-Tax Collector is not allowed, by law, to sell properties by any means other than at a public auction. Placer County does not sell tax lien certificates for tax-defaulted properties.

I want to Bid

Prospective purchasers will be asked to register in person on the morning of the sale.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the sale begins at 9:00 a.m.  Registration will include name and mailing address and may require identification as deemed necessary for the processing of auction documents. A $500.00 refundable deposit is required when you register (cash or cashier's check made payable to Placer County Tax Collector). Personal checks will not be accepted. Unsuccessful bidders will be refunded their deposit at the conclusion of the sale. Proper ID will be required at that time.

Each registered bidder will receive an identification number, which the bidder must have to participate. All parcels will be sold by item number and in the order listed. Minimum bids will be as stated per parcel and each raise will be in increments of at least $100 until sold.

The current owner of tax-defaulted property subject to sale shall not purchase that property, directly or indirectly, at a price below the minimum price. No deed shall be transferred to the purchaser if the property is purchased, directly or indirectly, by the current owner for lower than the minimum price.

All sales require full payment, which includes the transfer tax and recording fee. This tax is calculated at the rate of $.55 for each $500.00 or fractional part thereof, if the purchase price exceeds $100.00. All cashier's checks must be made payable to the Placer County Tax Collector. No personal checks will be accepted. Payments in excess of the purchase price will be refunded by mail within 30 days. At the tax collector's discretion, purchases over $5,000 may be paid for on a credit payment plan, requiring ten percent of the bid or $5,000, whichever is greater, deposited at the time of the sale. The balance is payable in lawful money of the United States or negotiable paper, as specified by the tax collector, within a period specified by the tax collector, not to exceed 90 days from the date of the auction, as a condition precedent to the transfer of title to the purchaser. If the balance due is not paid within the period specified, THE DEPOSIT IS FORFEITED , along with all rights with respect to the property (§3693.1).


Property Descriptions

The descriptions given are based on the official records of the Placer County Assessor's Office and are presumed to be correct. The property to be sold may be approximately located from maps available for viewing in the Assessor's Office at 2980 Richardson Drive, 2nd Floor, Auburn, CA 95603. Parcel maps are also available online at Assessor Maps . Please contact the Assessor's Office at (530) 889-4300 for more information.

Prospective purchasers are urged to examine the title, location and desirability of the properties available to their own satisfaction prior to the sale. ALL PROPERTIES ARE SOLD AS IS. The County of Placer makes no guarantee, expressed or implied, relative to the title, location or condition of the properties for sale. All defaulted property taxes currently due will be paid from the proceeds of the sale.  Please contact the Tax Collector to determine the status of any current secured bills.

Removed Properties

The right of the former owner to redeem any parcel is forfeited at 5:00 p.m. on the last business day prior to the sale. Information on properties removed from the sale may be obtained by calling (530) 889-4120 or by visiting this website. In addition, properties removed from the sale will be announced at the beginning of the sale.

Other Liens

Prospective purchasers are advised that some bonds or other assessments which are levied by agencies or offices other than the Treasurer-Tax Collector may still be outstanding after the Tax Sale. In addition, the IRS has the option of redeeming, up to 120 days after the Tax Sale, any property on which there is an IRS lien recorded.

Taking Possession

The successful bidder may take possession of the property after the tax deed to purchaser has been recorded. Title companies may choose not to insure title on properties sold at public auction for at least one (1) year after the tax deed has been recorded (legal action to challenge a tax sale must be commenced within one (1) year of the tax deed recording date).  No assurance is made that a purchaser will be able to secure title insurance on property purchased at tax sale.  It is the purchaser's responsibility to consult with the title company regarding any issues with title.

The current owner of tax-defaulted property subject to sale shall not purchase that property, directly or indirectly, at a price below the minimum price. No deed shall be transferred to the purchaser if the property is purchased, directly or indirectly, by the current owner for lower than the minimum price.

The recorded tax deed will be mailed to the vested names and address provided on the bidder registration form after consummation of the sale and usually within four to six weeks. This deed conveys all rights, title, and interest to the property in accordance with the provisions of Revenue and Taxation Code section 3712.


Parcels are sold on an "as is" basis and Placer County assumes no responsibility, implied or otherwise, that the properties are in compliance with zoning ordinances, conform to building codes and permits or the situs address. No government entity is liable for damages sustained to property purchased at public auction, including from the time of the sale until the recordation of the tax deed to the purchaser.

The sale of these properties should not, in any way, be equated to real estate sales by licensed salesmen, brokers and realtors. The County Treasurer-Tax Collector and the County cannot and do not guarantee, warranty or make any representation regarding the condition of the property nor assume any responsibility for conformance to codes, permits or zoning ordinances.

Should the successful purchaser desire a survey of the property, this must be done at the purchaser’s own initiative and expense. No warranty is made by the county, either expressed or implied, relative to usability, the ground location or property lines of the properties. The exact location, desirability and usefulness of the properties must be determined by the prospective purchaser.

Area Banks

  • Bank of America - 2885 Bell Road, (530) 888-5811
  • Golden 1 - 2248 Grass Valley Highway, (877) 465-3361
  • Umpqua Bank - 11795 Atwood Road, (530) 889-3722
  • Union Bank of California - 874 Lincoln Way, (530) 885-3701
  • US Bank - 2360 Grass Valley Highway, (530) 889-3959
  • Chase - 2520 Grass Valley Highway, (530) 823-6157
  • Wells Fargo Bank - 2995 Grass Valley Highway, (530) 888-2893  

Available Properties


Statewide information on upcoming sales