Columbia County Courthouse

230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR 97051 • Phone: (503) 397-7210 • Toll Free: (888) 397-7210

Columbia County

Surplus Property

Columbia County takes title to numerous tax foreclosure properties in October or November each year. The tax foreclosure properties are administered in accordance with County policies and procedures dated October 12, 2016 (the Policies and Procedures).Click here for the policy
The County’s tax foreclosure 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 publically noticed private sale. Properties offered at a Sheriff’s sale that receive no bids can also be sold through a private sale.
If you are interested in a tax foreclosure property please inquire as indicated on the list.  
The next Sheriff’s sale is not currently scheduled.
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